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Congrats Najib, you’ve lost a powerful witness!

October 29, 2018

Saudi denies any knowledge of RM2.6 billion donation

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Najib Razak appears to be a step closer to spending years in prison. The ex-prime minister has consistently denied any wrongdoing since the 1MDB scandal erupted in 2015. He has claimed the US$681 million (popularly known by Malaysians as RM2.6 billion) deposited in his personal bank account was a donation from a Saudi royal, refuting reports that the funds came from 1MDB.

The disgraced son of Abdul Razak Hussein, Malaysia’s second prime minister, however, has made a small U-turn during an hour-grilling with Al-Jazeera’s reporter Mary Ann Jolley. Speaking to Al Jazeera’s 101 East in an exclusive interview on Friday (Oct 26), serial liar Najib said he actually did not verify the source of the RM2.6 billion or who owns the funds.

In the interview where he could no longer smirk like he usually did, Najib’s latest twist was that he “assumed” that the donation was connected to Saudi Arabia – reversing his earlier insistence that the US$681 million was from the royal house of King Abdullah. He was also being quizzed over matters like the infamous “pink diamond” purchased by his wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Coincidently, Mary Ann Jolley was the same journalist whom Najib’s administration deported in 2015 while she was pursuing a story on the Altantuya Shariibuu murder. In that story, Al-Jazeera revealed how Najib informed his buddy Razak Baginda that he had sexual relationship with Altantuya. Witness Balasubramaniam’s Statutory Declaration said it was “anal intercourse.”

Due to her explosive report on the gruesome murder of Altantuya 3 years ago, Mary Ann Jolley was deported by 5 Malaysian immigration officers and a man in military outfit. You can read here how the panicked Najib Razak had resorted to bullying the Al-Jazeera journalist. The documentary –Murder in Malaysia– was one of Al-Jazeera weekly programmes 101 East.

Has Najib Razak lost his mind agreeing to be interviewed by the same journalist he had bullied back in 2015? Perhaps he thought Mary Ann Jolley would not give him a hard time. But that’s precisely what a professional reporter would do, and she had a great time grilling Najib not only on his RM2.6 billion donation, but also his beloved wife Rosmah’s 22-K pink diamond necklace worth US$27 million.

Najib reportedly lost his composure several times during the interview. But there’s a bigger problem than losing his cool. He has just lost another witness, arguably the most powerful witness who might have lent credence to his story on the so-called RM2.6 billion donation and potentially freeing him from being dumped into prison with the key thrown away.

You know Najib is screwed when Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir comes for a visit. Did Najib actually think Mr. Adel would come all the way from Saudi to tell Mahathir Mohamad that the 93-year-old prime minister is senile and has mistaken Najib as the bad guy? Did Najib think the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia would vouch for him that the RM2.6 billion was indeed a donation?

Malaysian Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah said his counterpart Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir has re-confirmed that the RM2.6 billion donation received by Najib has nothing to do with the government of Saudi Arabia whatsoever. Mr. Saifuddin said Mr. Adel had earlier expressed the Saudi government’s stand when they met at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York last month.

“He (Adel) stated that the donation had nothing to do with the Saudi government. Today, he reiterated it,” – Saifuddin said. Interestingly, in 2016, while attending the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, Mr. Adel was reported as saying the donation to Najib came from Saudi Arabia. So, the Arabs lied and cannot be trusted.

After the brutal assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi where the royal house was caught lying endless times, does it really matter what Adel said? He could be lying in 2016 to help Najib due to his close relationship with Saudi. And he could be lying again today to not offend Mahathir government after the stunning downfall of Najib in the May 9th polls.

Either way, it’s absolutely bad news for Najib as he cannot rely on Saudi to support his case. Even if Adel was telling the truth 2 years ago and lies through his teeth today, the reputation and credibility of Saudi being the generous royal house is essentially destroyed. Najib can actually kiss and throw away whatever documents which say the RM2.6 billion was a donation from the kingdom.

Since 2016, pro-Najib cybertroopers, propagandists and bloggers have been screaming until they were foaming in their mouths – have proudly been declaring that the RM2.6 billion was a donation from the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, based on Adel Ahmed Al-Jubeir’s admission. It would be interesting and fun to see the reaction from the same pool of paid cybertroopers, propagandists and bloggers.

Will they be going to mock King Salman, his crown prince and all the 15,000 princes and princesses? Will they be going to insult the treacherous Arabs for abandoning Najib at a time when he needs them the most? Or will they be cooking up half-baked tales that the 93-year-old Mahathir has blackmailed and threatened the Saudi government into changing their story against Najib?

Amusingly, former Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi will now officially be known as a serial liar too. In August 2015, Mr. Zahid had declared that he had met the wealthy Arab family which had donated the US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) that was channelled into Najib Razak’s personal account.

Widely reported by foreign news, Mr. Zahid had claimed the “king and prince,” whom he did not name, had donated the money because of Malaysia’s commitment in fighting terrorism, and being a moderate Muslim country with a plural society. He had also claimed that the Arab family was impressed by how Malaysia, with its plural society, still managed to remain moderate without sidelining any other religion.

Zahid, who was then vice-president of UMNO, proudly told all and sundry at a meeting with Kepong UMNO division that the donors were “Arab king and prince,” and that the royal family had decided to make the huge donation due to Najib’s anti-Jewish stance. He also said the donors wanted to keep UMNO and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition in power.

More importantly, Mr. Zahid, who is now UMNO president, said he saw with his own eyes the cheque made under his boss Najib’s name – “I saw the documents myself – the original documents, not photostated ones, and I also saw the money trail. I obtained the information accurately and did not add or minus the facts. The conspiracy to topple the government would take place if not stopped.”

Of course, when Zahid emerged from his 8-hour questioning by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in July, he sang a different tune. In a short press conference, he told reporters about the “wakil (representative)” of the Arab family, not “Arab king and prince.” Najib lost a valuable witness that day. Today, he lost another critical witness – the Saudi government.


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