A video of former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been leaked, this time of him telling guests at his home that Prime Minister Najib Razak had admitted to having “a lot” of money transferred into his private bank accounts
The 53-second video, which was inaudible in certain parts, appeared to suggest that Muhyiddin had spoken to Najib about the allegations contained in a recent Wall Street Journal report regarding the transfer of US$700 million (S$956.6 million) from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-linked firms into the PM's own personal account.
Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir and former Umno supreme council member Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir were among those present in the clip.
There are 4 quotes from Muhyiddin that standout from the videoclip. These will help you get the gist of things:
1. "He did not mention siapa nama dia, from somewhere in the Middle East."
At 0.09 second Muhyiddin is heard saying, “I asked him (Najib) from whom (did the money come from)? He did not mention siapa nama dia (he did not give names) from somewhere in the Middle East.
2. "Berapa banyak? Lepas tu dia ..(inaudible)... susah nak kiralah. Dia kata 'a lot', 'a lot'."
Then Muhyiddin went on to ask from the amount of money that was transferred and apparently Najib replied it was quite a big sum and would be difficult to place an exact number.
3. "Kenapa masuk account Najib Razak?"
At 0.30 second of the clip, the ex-DPM apparently questioned why was the money even transferred into the Prime Minister's personal account.
4. "He admitted."
Yes, according to the video, it was alleged that the Prime Minister admitted to the claims regarding the transfer of US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) into her personal account.
The question that has been playing in almost everyone's mind is the authenticity of the video. Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir who was present at the meeting confirmed the conversation took place but declined to comment further.
“I was there at the meeting at Muhyiddin’s house last night where over 100 people were there. We had a two hour long discussion on various topics,” said Abdul Kadir.
"I don't want to comment on it. It was a private conversation and wasn't supposed to be recorded. I heard people warning: 'Jangan record. Jangan tangkap gambar' (don't record, don't take pictures) and Mukhriz had even asked people not to record it," he added.
If it was genuine, then was the information legitimate? Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Ahmad Maslan last night sought to dispute Muhyiddin Yassin’s allegation about money being transferred into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal account with a curiously ambiguous denial
“That is untrue. There wasn’t any siphoning. Actually the president has given a talk to us supreme council members about the related issue and he has never used 1MDB funds and put it in his own account,” Ahmad said when asked about Muhyiddin’s claim regarding US$700 million or nearly RM2.6 billion cash deposits from 1MDB as depicted in a leaked video earlier tonight.themalaymailonline.com
PAS Pokok Sena MP Mahfuz Omar says the leaked video was proof the Prime Minister has lost his integrity and urged for fresh elections soon
He urged the rakyat to demand for fresh polls since the new cabinet appears to be conspiring to protect Najib from being prosecuted over the 1MDB scandal.
"The prime minister did not give a proper reason to oust him. Is there anything wrong for an Umno deputy president to tell the party's member when he spoke at the closing ceremony of Cheras Umno division meeting," he said.
Mahfuz noted that Najib had tried to hide the truth from the rakyat and Umno members, which is unfortunate and regrettable.
"What's wrong if Muhyiddin as a cabinet member speak out for the interest of nation and rakyat? What he raised was a matter of integrity.The country is about to fall and the rakyat have no choice but to demand that Parliament be dissolved for fresh polls," he added.
So what does Najib have to say?
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak brushed aside a question on the controversial video in which former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin claimed the premier admitted to transferring RM2.6 billion into his account when asked.
On 2 July, Wall Street Journal released a report revealing debt-laden and marred with controversy 1MDB had millions of funds funnelled into the Prime Minister's personal account: