AG Apandi Insists Motive Behind RM2.6 Billion Donation To PM Najib Is Not Important

"...personal matter lah."

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Malaysia's top prosecutor, the Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali, in an exclusive interview with Sinchew Daily, has now revealed that a son of the late Saudi king was the person who donated RM2.6 billion to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The A-G, however, refused to provide the identity of the donor.

"We know his (the donor) name. He is not the late Saudi King but the son of the king. He is still alive," the top prosecutor was quoted by Sinchew Daily in an exclusive interview.

Apandi said that Malaysia Anti Corruption Commission officers has obtained a statement from the donor as detailed in the anti-graft body's report.
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A-G Apandi also insisted that the motive behind the donation of RM2.6 billion is not important as it is not illegal under Malaysian law

"Why are people asking for the reason of the donation? You have to ask the donor. He has billions in his coffers. (If) he wanted to give the money, what's the problem? This is his money and his personal matter lah. We don't have the law to state receiving political donation is illegal," added Apandi.

On the other hand, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng has said that the A-G should list down in detail all monetary transactions - especially those involving politicians - which by his definition are no longer considered graft or corruption so as to avoid waste of time as the hullabaloo involving the RM2.6 billion 'donation' continues to grow

"This redefinition of graft will save the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and the deputy public prosecutors from having to waste time investigating and attempting to charge those that shouldn't be (by Apandi's reckoning). Indeed, there must be legal amendments made to the statutes and text books so that there will be no more miscarriage of justice," suggested the DAP elected representative.

Earlier, in a report published by the New York Times on 5 February, Saudi Foreign Minister reportedly said that the funds given to PM Najib was investment and not donation. Full story, here:

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