PUTRAJAYA: Graft investigators have no information on the RM10mil cash purportedly given by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to an aide of the current Prime Minister, who has called for evidence to back up the claim.
Officials said while there was no report over the claim – which supposedly took place during the 13th General Election – “for now”, they pointed out that accepting political funding was not an offence in this country.
“There is no law to prevent one from receiving funds for political purposes,” said a source when contacted.
However, the top-level source declined to comment further on the issue, which was revealed during Najib’s interview with Malaysiakini.
He had alleged that “one of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s people” collected RM10mil in cash from his residence in Jalan Duta, describing him as a trusted aide and a well-known swimmer.
Najib also maintained that the RM116mil in cash seized by the police from the premises linked to him was for election purposes.
In Kuala Lumpur, Dr Mahathir asked for evidence over Najib’s claim.
“Show evidence; ask him to show evidence,” Dr Mahathir said as he was leaving after speaking at the American Chamber of Commerce Malaysia annual general meeting luncheon.
Earlier in his speech at the event, Dr Mahathir said that the Government would take more than 100 days to fulfil all the pledges outlined in Pakatan Harapan’s 14th General Election manifesto.
He admitted that when Pakatan Harapan crafted the manifesto it did not hope to form the government then.
“We made strong promises, which today, we find difficult to implement.
“We said that in 100 days we will achieve 10 different promises. But now, we are finding it quite difficult to meet our objectives in 100 days,” he said.
Among the 10 promises are to allow creditors to postpone their repayments to the National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN), abolish the debts of Felda settlers, increase the minimum wage, set up a committee to discuss the Malaysia Agreement 1963, extend Selangor’s Skim Peduli Sihat nationwide, and to form a royal commissions of inquiry (RCI) over alleged financial scandals involving 1MDB, Felda, Mara and Tabung Haji.