Thursday, March 3, 2016

VIP treatment from Saudis proves Najib’s donation claim, BN politicians say

Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders today used the VIP treatment accorded to Datuk Seri Najib Razak during his visit to Saudi Arabia as proof that the prime minister was telling the truth about the RM2.6 billion donation from the Saudis. "By right Saudi royal household shld be fuming mad with PM for accusing them giving him money. Yet PM is there now as their guest of honor!" said Minister of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan in a Twitter post. "Why you single us out? Is the opposition being transparent about their political donation too?" he asked. Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang took the same tone, saying the Saudi king did not deny Najib's explanation over the funds in his accounts, and that he was being treated well in Saudi Arabia currently. "Saudi King didn't deny @NajibRazak explanation donation came from em. They also gav him VVIP treatment in his visit. Will @wsj report this? "If @NajibRazak lied on Saudi donation, then why Saudi royalty still give him VVIP treatment + reaffirming strong ties? Can @wsj explain?" Tan also posted: "can @wsj explain why Saudi King & royalty gave @NajibRazak special reception in his visit + reaffirming strong ties under his leadership?" Najib is currently on an official visit to Saudi Arabia. On Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that he had received more than US$1 billion in his personal accounts. The report cited sources saying global investigators believed much of the funds originated from state-owned investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). WSJ first exposed some US$680 million (RM2.6 billion) channelled to Najib's bank accounts last July, but is yet to be sued by the prime minister, who has denied the allegations. WSJ claimed the money flowed from 1MDB-related companies into Najib's personal accounts. But Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said in January there was insufficient proof to charge Najib with any wrongdoing. – March 3, 2016.]]>

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