PETALING JAYA: A Sabah-based Barisan Nasional (BN) leader accused by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli to have received RM1 million from Najib Razak has refuted the claim, saying the prime minister never gave him “a single sen”.
Marcus Mojigoh, vice-president of United Pasok Momogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko), said even if Najib had channelled the funds to his party, it would be “perfectly legal”.
He said it was normal for the BN chairman to assist a coalition component party, especially on programmes that are meant to benefit the public.
“Don’t tell me the opposition parties do not receive donations from party supporters. As far as I am concerned, money received from the party’s friends are to be used for programmes for the public.
“(So) ask Rafizi to go and fly a kite,” said Marcus when contacted today.
He said the Pandan MP had no other agenda but to paint a bad picture of Najib to tarnish the country’s good name.
He also claimed Rafizi wanted to scare investors away from Malaysia, in hopes of taking advantage of a slowing economy to target the prime minister.
“He (Rafizi) is just looking for cheap publicity and hoping for political mileage to help him win this coming (general) election.
“Tell Rafizi to voice out the needs of the people in Pandan instead. He has failed in his service as Pandan MP, so he should focus on helping his constituents.
“Let him say what he likes. The people are not stupid to believe his claims, as he is known to lie,” said Mojigoh, who is MP for Putatan.
Rafizi had through a live webcast on Facebook today alleged that funds from former 1MDB subsidiary, SRC International, were funnelled into Najib’s personal accounts.
Najib then transferred the funds to several individuals and Umno divisions some time between 2014 and 2015, he alleged.
Besides Mojigoh, Rafizi also named the Umno headquarters, Penang Umno, Johor Bahru Umno and Bandar Tun Razak BN, among others, as beneficiaries of these funds amounting to more than RM10 million.
When contacted, Penang opposition head Jahara Hamid, who is the Umno assemblywoman for Teluk Ayer Tawar, said Rafizi could make all the allegations he wanted, but they must be backed with proof.
She also said she did not know if the state Umno had received the RM2 million Rafizi claimed had been disbursed from Najib’s account, adding that she was surprised to hear about it.
“But there is nothing new (with the party leader giving money to state machineries). It’s for the party to do work. Everything needs money now,” Jahara told FMT.
“Even for other parties like DAP, their headquarters were the ones who gave money to their respective state machinery.
” The party’s machinery need funds. And we don’t question where the money comes from. It’s not for us to question where the money comes from because these are political funds, for us to do political work.”
Rafizi had based his allegations on documents uploaded on a blog called SPRMInsider.