PPBM Youth lodges report on alleged RM9.5 million payout to lawyer


SHAH ALAM: PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman today lodged a police report on allegations that a prominent lawyer acting as public prosecutor received RM9.5 million from Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said he was lodging the report to erase any negative perceptions towards the Malaysian judiciary system.

“I believe that every Malaysian, no matter what political preference (he may have), even Umno, plays a role to free the judicial system from negative perceptions,” he said.

This followed allegations by an online portal which claimed the money was paid from a 1MDB slush fund account previously linked to Najib.

The prime minister came under heavy fire in 2015 after reports by The Wall Street Journal claimed RM2.6 billion had been channelled into his personal bank accounts.

Najib denied any wrongdoing, saying the money had been a donation from the Saudi royal house to fund Umno’s general election campaign in 2013. On Jan 26, 2016, he was cleared by Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali of any criminal offence in relation to the donation.

Speaking at the Shah Alam district police headquarters here, Syed Saddiq said a public prosecutor is not supposed to take money “at any cost” from the prime minister as that would be a conflict of interest.

He said if true, the allegation could warrant contempt-of-court action because a public prosecutor should not be paid directly by any party that has vested interest in a case.

FMT’s attempts to contact the lawyer have not been successful so far although several messages sent to his WhatsApp were blue-ticked as read.

Earlier, PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali had said a police report would be lodged on the matter but declined to give details.

“I was told by lawyers that police reports will be filed. And of course, we hope that police will investigate thoroughly,” he told reporters at the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning.

Meanwhile, in a statement today, PKR Youth chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad urged both Najib and the lawyer to explain the alleged dealing and Apandi to reveal what action he would take.