Azalina: WSJ’s 'recycled' allegations prove plot to oust PM

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  • Saturday, 20 Feb 2016

PETALING JAYA: The “recycled” allegations by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) against Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak prove that there is an attempt to overthrow the democratically elected Prime Minister, says Datuk Seri Azalina Othman (pic).

The Minister in the Prime Minister's Department said the continuous attacks against Najib showed that there was a foreign hand that wanted to meddle in the country's affairs.

“And that party is looking very desperate so much so that it had to launch a personal attack against Najib,” she said in a statement on Saturday.

Azalina was referring to a recent news interview given by Hong Kong-based WSJ editor Ken Brown to ABC News Australia on Feb 12.

Brown, a finance editor who oversees Asia’s finance and markets coverage, reportedly refuted the findings of the Attorney-General Chambers (AGC) that the money deposited into Najib’s private accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family.

He claimed the reports by WSJ showed that the money had come from “a bunch of companies and bank accounts related to 1Malaysia Development Berhad”.

Rebutting this, Azalina said this is contrary to the findings of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the AGC, which had declared that the money did not come from the state investment fund.

“Moreover, the Swiss Attorney-General has also confirmed that Najib was not among individuals being investigated,” she said.

Azalina said all parties, including WSJ should no longer play up the issue, as the matter had also been explained by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi in Parliament.

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