High Court Claims Najib Spent RM80,000 On Cancer Prevention Supplements In 2013
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak spent RM80,000 in 2013 for supplements and vitamins for cancer prevention, specifically leukaemia, from the donation money he allegedly received from Saudi royalty, the High Court was told yesterday, 9 November
Anti-Money Laundering Criminal Investigation Division assistant director ACP Foo Wei Min confirmed this when questioned by Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah on the RM80,000 payout from Najib's AmIslamic personal account ending with 694 to an entity known as Vital Spire Sdn Bhd, which the former premier said it was for the blood cancer treatment as recommended by the doctor.
Muhammad Shafee was questioning the 48th prosecution witness on the statements under Section 32 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing, and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA), which he (Foo) recorded from Najib during questioning on 27 August 2018.
The lawyer then read out excerpts from Najib's statement to Foo, which included Najib's claim that the supplements were for his general health and as a preventive measure after his father, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who was the second prime minister, passed away of leukaemia
In the statement, Najib also said he had this fear as a prime minister and if he had a similar situation like Tun Razak, he wouldn't be able to carry on with the administration of the country, so he wanted to prevent this (leukaemia) situation.
Muhammad Shafee: "Do you recall, Najib told you the total cost for that medicine was about RM1 million or less and that he could have taken this treatment from the government, but he didn't want to burden the government, so he took it from the money that he thought were donations. Do you remember?"
Foo: "I think he did mention that."
Earlier, Foo also verified other transactions such as RM9 million payment to Zeal Hi-Tech Solutions Sdn Bhd for goodie bags and souvenirs for UMNO members, RM9 million to textile retailer Jakel Trading for a charity programme in Pekan, Pahang, and robes for mosque committee members all over Malaysia, several payments to political parties components including Pahang MCA Liasion Committee and Selangor Barisan Nasional (BN) as well as a RM200,000 welfare assistance to Kolej Islam Sultan Alam Shah (KISAS).
Muhammad Shafee said he would continue questioning the witness on a few more transactions next week but suggested to Foo that the accusation that "Najib is a kleptocrat" is wrong as the spending Najib made was all for political and corporate social responsibility (CSR) purposes and not for personal gain
Foo said he is not in the position to comment on this and he is only focusing on the investigation, as an investigation officer of the case would do.
Najib, 70, faces four charges of using his position to obtain bribes amounting to RM2.3 billion belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) and 21 charges of money laundering involving the same amount.
The trial before Justice Datuk Collin Lawrence Sequerah continues on 14 November.