KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 26 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has admitted today that he did not verify the source of the RM2.6 billion that ended up in his bank account, which had allegedly been siphoned from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). Speaking to Al Jazeera’s 101 East show, the former prime minister said he had assumed the money was “donations” connected to Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud after the latter gave assurance of his support.“The question is when I received the funds, was I aware of the source of the money or whether the source of the money is in dispute as to who owns the fund. Certainly, in my capacity, I would not have access to banking knowledge. “Because whoever owns the fund is protected by the secrecy of the banking laws so when I received the funds, in all honesty, I thought it was a genuine donation and at that particular time, the knowledge that I had was based on a conversation with King Abdullah,” he told Al Jazeera reporter Mary Ann Jolley. Najib also denied knowledge of the matter when Jolley pointed out that the United States Department of Justice report clearly showed the paper trail of the funds, and Najib’s authority as prime minister. “Yeah, but that prime ministers do not have access to banking information,” Najib said.
PETALING JAYA: The RM2.6bil donation allegedly received by former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has nothing to do with the government of Saudi Arabia, says Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah. According to Bernama, the Foreign Minister said this after he was informed over the matter by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir during the latter’s visit to Wisma Putra in Putrajaya on Friday (Oct 26). Touching on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and the RM2.6bil issue, Saifuddin said Adel ensured that the Saudi government would cooperate in the investigations regarding the two cases. Saifuddin said Adel had earlier expressed the Saudi government’s stand when they met at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.