WSJ forced to admit funds from Saudi, says PM’s aide

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 31 Mar 2016

PETALING JAYA: The Wall Street Journal has finally been forced to admit that “at least some” of the funds donated to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) came from Saudi Arabia.

This, said Najib’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad, was a “small step” towards WSJ admitting that it has been “wrong all along.”

Tengku Sariffuddin also said WSJ was wrong to base its reporting on unnamed and anonymous sources “who have never been revealed and may not even exist”.

“For nearly a year, the WSJ denied that the funds came from Saudi Arabia, and attacked all those who suggested otherwise.

“This included the Attorney-General (Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali) who, after reviewing the exhaustive investigations and examining all the evidence – including wire transfers and interviews with the Royal Family – confirmed that the funds were a donation from the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia,” said Tengku Sariffuddin in a statement on Thursday.

He said neither the confirmation of Malaysian authorities, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia; nor international media such as the BBC and Daily Telegraph, were enough to make WSJ stop its “attacks or denials” that any of the funds had come from Saudi Arabia.

Tengku Sariffuddin added that this exposed the “bias” in WSJ’s reporting.

“Their reporting was based on false information they were willingly fed by Tun Mahathir’s Anti-Najib campaign.

“Maybe it’s their embarrassment that stops them accepting the facts in full.

“Namely, as the Prime Minister has always maintained, the funds were a donation from Saudi Arabia – as the evidence shows,” he added.

WSJ on Wednesday reported that funds totalling US$200mil (RM773mil) were transferred into Najib’s account from a person in Saudi Arabia and from the country’s finance ministry in 2011 and 2012.
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