PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Najib Razak denied having RM42 million in his personal accounts, purportedly from 1MDB-related funds, when asked about it by Abdul Gani Patail, then Attorney-General, it was alleged last night.
Muhyiddin Yassin, then deputy prime minister, made the claim in a speech at a PAS ceramah in Kemaman, Terengganu, last night that was broadcast live on Facebook.
He said he had been told by Gani about the money and that when Gani confronted Najib, the prime minister had denied the existence of the money in his account.
Media reports at the time have linked a sum of RM42 million to 1Malaysia Development Berhad, and alleged that the money was channelled through SRC International, then a subsidiary of 1MDB.
FMT is attempting to obtain verification from Gani of Muhyiddin’s account about what transpired.
Gani was relieved of his position as Attorney-General last year and Muhyiddin later dismissed as deputy prime minister in the midst of investigations into the financial affairs of 1MDB, a government investment company wholly-owned by the Finance Ministry.
Muhyiddin, who was critical of Najib, was later expelled from Umno and is now in the opposition as pro-tem president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, seeking to oust Najib from office and oust the Barisan Nasional from power.
In his speech last night, Muhyiddin said: “I was told by the AG about the RM42 million which went into Najib’s account. The money was deposited into the Prime Minister’s personal accounts through two companies and it went into separate accounts and was verified by the AG.
“I was told that the AG met with the Prime Minister and that the matter was being investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, and the amount of money in the account (Najib’s account).”
He said that Najib denied the existence of funds in his personal account when Gani went to see the PM.
Muhyiddin told the crowd:
“When the Prime Minister was informed, he (Najib) said: ‘No, there is isn;t’. But this had been confirmed by Gani.
“Gani said: ‘The money is in your account Sir’ but he (Najib) still said no. However the money was proven to be there as he (Najib) had spent it.”
Muhyiddin did not state when or where the meeting between Gani and Najib took place.
Gani served as Attorney-General from 2003 to July 27 last year, when his contract was terminated. He was then part of a high-level task force investigating 1MDB and a deposit of RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal accounts which the government has said was a political donation from the Saudi royal family.
Critics have said the money came from funds linked to 1MDB. Najib has denied any wrongdoing. – FMT