Najib Shares "Documents" Claiming USD100 Million Came As 'Gift' From Saudi Arabian Royalty
Former prime minister Najib Razak, who is currently out on bail after being charged in the 1MDB scandal, took to his Facebook page to share, what he claims, are documents that prove how it was the Saudi Arabian Royalty that donated USD100 million to him in 2011
In the Facebook post, which was uploaded last night around 8pm, Najib shared a set of six documents allegedly from the late King Abdullah with one bearing the words "Recognition of Contribution to the Islamic World", dated 1 February 2011.
The documents, which have not been verified by any authority as of yet, purports to show that the private office of Saud Abdulaziz Majid al-Saud has granted the USD100 million (RM415 million) sum to Najib who has the "absolute discretion to determine how the gift shall be utilised" to "promote Islam so it continues to flourish".
According to Najib, most of the funds he received were used for BN's political purposes. "For example, I had given these funds to UMNO Johor to buy some vans. Unfortunately, the PH government has recently confiscated these vans," he wrote.
Here's what the above two documents says:
RECOGNITION OF CONTRIBUTION TO THE ISLAMIC WORLD
I hope this letter finds you in good health. I have been following your work recently and I am impressed with the work that you have done to govern Malaysian using Islamic principles and how you are reintroducing Islam to the rest of world in view of the current perception that many people have 9/11.
Your suggestion to launch the Global Movement of the Moderates during the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York and the 17th Asean Summit shows a modern way of dealing with issues on international terrorism and extremist groups.
In view of the friendship that we have developed over the years and your new ideas as a modern Islamic leader, I hereby grant you a sum of United States Dollars One Hundred Million (USD100,000,000) Only ("Gift") which shall be remitted to you at such times and in such manner as I deem fit.
You shall have absolute discretion to determine how the Gift shall be utilised and I am confident that your actions will continue to promote Islam so it continues to flourish. This is merely a small gesture on my part but it is my way of contributing to the development of Islam to the world.
This letter is issued as a gesture of good faith and for clarification, I do not expect to receive any personal benefit whether directly or indirectly as a result of the Gift.
The Gift should not, in any event, be construed as an act of corruption since this is against the practice of Islam and I personally do not encourage such practices in any manner whatsoever.
This is merely a personal token of appreciation and I am hoping that the Gift would encourage you to continue with your good work to promote Islam around the world.
In his post, Najib claimed that the funds came after the Arab Spring incident in late 2010 as the late King Abdullah was very concerned after knowing that there was a possibility of a Malaysian Spring
"The late King Abdullah was very concerned at the time and acted to fund leaders and Muslim governments in order to ensure stability.
"At the time, the price of oil was at an all-time high and the Saudi government had derived a huge income as a result.
"The king was concerned after knowing that there was a possibility of a Malaysian Spring, as Malaysia was also a Muslim country although it was not in the Middle East or Africa.
"Due to these concerns as well as our close relationship, in early 2011, the king promised to prepare funds for me and the party to be used in Malaysia," he wrote.
"The late King Abdullah had also made it a point for the donations not be published for mass consumption. However, considering I am no more the Prime Minister, and King Abdullah has passed on, I feel the time is right for me to reveal these documents to vindicate myself from the accusations and slander," the former UMNO president added.
The other four documents that Najib shared in his Facebook post, which he claimed he and his lawyer spent a long time to obtain
Ending his post, Najib said that he will soon explain, via Facebook or through a press conference, the contributions he continued to receive for years after 2011 — including the issue of RM2.6 billion