Saudi minister: Donation genuine

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  • Saturday, 16 Apr 2016

'So, as far as we area concerned, the matter is closed.' - Adel Al Jubeir

ISTANBUL: Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir (pic) has confirmed the donation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak came from Saudi Arabia.

“We are aware of the donation and it is genuine with nothing expected in return.

“We are also fully aware that the Attorney-General of Malaysia has thoroughly investigated the matter and found no wrongdoing.

“So, as far as we are concerned, the matter is closed,” he told Malaysian reporters here yesterday, as reported by Bernama.

Earlier, Adel held a bilateral meeting with Najib on the sidelines of the 13th Summit of the Organi­sation of Islamic Cooperation.

Attorney-General Tan Sri Moha­med Apandi Ali had, on Jan 26, cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in relation to investigations into SRC International Sdn Bhd and the RM2.6bil alleged to have been deposited into Najib’s personal bank account.

Mohamed Apandi said investigations revealed the amount deposited was RM2.08bil, which was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family in 2013, of which RM2.03bil was returned to the contributor the same year.

Separately, Najib’s press secretary Datuk Seri Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad said in a press statement yesterday that the confirmation of donation by Adel was proof that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s allegations were false.

“The statement by Adel confirmed what Najib had maintained all along.

“This also proves that the wild allegations pushed for one year by Tun Mahathir and his anti-Najib campaign are completely false.

“Tun Mahathir’s lies were motivated by personal interest, not care for Malaysia or the people,” said Tengku Sariffuddin in his statement.

He added that Dr Mahathir was attempting to use deception to unseat a democratically elected government and that he should be held responsible for the damage he had inflicted on Malaysia’s reputation.

Tengku Sariffuddin also called on Western media outlets, which he said propagated “false politically-motivated allegations”, to apologise to the Malaysian people.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said also released a statement yesterday, saying that Adel’s confirmation was just another piece of evidence that proved Najib was not involved in any wrongdoing.

This evidence, she said, included the letter from a Saudi royal reproduced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) confirming the donation as well as the conclusions reached by the Attorney-General and the Public Accounts Committee.

“So who has been lying this whole time?

“I believe this issue is becoming increasingly clear to the public and they will not be easily fooled by false allegations made by the Citizens’ Declaration group in order to oust the Prime Minister,” said Azalina.

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