Stolen RM3.5 mil was Umno funds, says Najib

11-Aug-2018 Intellasia | New Straits Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

The RM3.5 million allegedly taken by security officers responsible for guarding the prime minister’s Office on the night of the 14th general election belonged to Umno, says former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

In a statement to Malaysiakini, Najib expressed disbelief that the money was taken by those entrusted with securing the premises.

“I also read in news reports that the authorities acknowledge that this RM3.5 million is Umno election funds that were in my previous office and outside the strong room and safes in the prime minister’s Office (PMO).

“If the authorities know these are Umno funds, then they will also know that the RM114 million that was seized by the police in the raids at the apartments came from the strong room and safes built by (Tun Dr) Mahathir (Mohamad) in the PMO too.

“The cash was seized after being hurriedly transferred from the PMO to the apartments the day after the elections for eventual transfer to the new Umno president,” he was quoted as saying.

Najib was referring to a report which alleged that 17 security personnel had taken the money upon learning that BN was losing the general election. MACC sources had said the money was part of Umno’s election funds.

The RM114 million was in reference to cash seized together with luxury watches, handbags, and jewellery from several properties linked to Najib after the election.

Najib called for the suspects to be given a fair trial. He also urged the authorities to return the RM3.5 million, plus as the RM114 million to Umno.

“There are still a lot of bills and commitments incurred during GE14 over the 222 parliament seats and 505 state seats, that need to be paid.

“As I no longer have access to some of my offices then, I am not sure why the RM3.5mil was not stored in the safes with the rest of the other campaign funds but I believe it could have been a late campaign contribution sent over,” he was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, Najib, via a Facebook post, said there was no need for Umno to defend him over any allegations leveled against him.

He believed that he can defend himself if given a fair trial. “I also believe that I am not guilty of all charges made against me. My only fault was doing my best for the people, country and party.

“All the allegations were made against me and not Umno, therefore it is unfair for the party to bear the burden,” he said, adding that he has no intention to become Umno president once again.

Najib said Umno under its new leadership must be given the trust and space to prove itself and subsequently regain the people’s trust.

“As a party that has managed to bring the country closer to achieve advanced economic status as well as to enjoy peace and security since Independence, Umno’s contributions to the country cannot be denied and its struggles were also noble.

“On that basis, I will continue to be a loyal Umno member and am willing to assist should it need help. I am still an Umno division chief and an MP (both for Pekan).”

Meanwhile, on helping Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Lokman Noor Adam during Sungai Kandis by-election, Najib said it was done at the former’s request.


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