Dr M: I expected Najib to be cleared

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) said he had always expected that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be cleared of any criminal offence.

But the decision by the Attorney-General to absolve Najib in relation to SRC International and the alleged RM2.6bil donation raised more questions than answers.

The former premier said it was already an “injustice” as the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali acted as both a judge and a prosecutor in this case.

“​In Malaysia, the Attorney-General decides if a law has been broken or not. That decision is in fact a judgement. The A-G is both a judge and a prosecutor. This in itself is an injustice,” he wrote on his chedet.cc blog, Wednesday.

Dr Mahathir then scrutinised the A-G’s statement, who on Tuesday declared that the donation, which was actually RM2.08bil, was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family and given without any consideration.

On the two investigation papers on SRC International, Apandi said there was no evidence to prove that Najib had any knowledge nor had he given any approval for the transfer of the monies from the account of SRC International into his personal accounts.

But Dr Mahathir said having a huge amount of money in Najib’s personal account was already wrong, although it may not be criminal.

“​It seems there was a letter by a Saudi stating that a sum of US$681 million or RM2.08 billion was a donation for the PM’s contribution to the fight against Islamic terrorists.

“Who is this Arab, how does he have the huge sum of money to give away, what is his business, what is his bank, how was the money transferred, what documents prove these.

“Just a letter from a deceased person or some non-entity is enough for the A-G,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said there should also be a disclosure of how the balance of US$620mil or RM2.03bil was returned to the Saudis.

However, he said this did not tally with the previous information that the balance was frozen by Singapore.

“Can Singapore explain the unfreezing and the delivery back to the Saudis? Or does Singapore also believe in the free gift story, the letter and the Saudi admission.

“​Singapore is a financial centre. Can it be so gullible?,” he asked.

Apandi’s subsequent direction to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to close the case and cease investigation also seemed to puzzle him.

“​I thought the MACC is an independent body. Now it seems it is subordinate to the A-G and it takes orders from him.

“No wonder Malaysia is included among the ten most corrupt countries in the world,” he said.

He added that he was right to predict that the reports by both MACC and Bank Negara would be rejected by the A-G in relation to the cases.

“A lot of people must know the contents of both reports. But they have all seen what can happen even when someone lodges a report to the police. And they are scared.

“I am scared too. In Malaysia today, laws and rules no longer protect the people,” he said, referring to Official Secrets Act (OSA) as a case in point.

“The OSA for example is used to prevent reports from reaching the people. On the other hand people are now exposed to abuse of the OSA and they may end up in jail.

“Even the ISA (Internal Security Act) did not frighten people as much.

“Quo vadis Malaysia (Where are you going, Malaysia?),” he said. – Star Online

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