Money from Najib was for purchase of 4 Chevies, says Naza

Naza Quest Auto, the distributor of Chevrolet cars until last year, was among entities named by MACC for receiving money it says was from 1MDB. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: The local distributor of Chevrolet cars, Naza Quest Auto Sdn Bhd, today clarified that some RM270,000 it received from former prime minister Najib Razak was for the purchase of four cars between 2012 and 2013.

Responding to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s civil forfeiture action against the company, Naza Quest Auto said RM105,000 was paid on Dec 17, 2012 and another RM164,662 paid on Dec 9, 2013, each transaction for the purchase of two Chevrolet cars.

Naza Quest Auto is part of the Naza Group. The company was the sole distributor for Chevrolet cars until November 2018.

“The Naza Group will cooperate with the authorities to provide necessary assistance in relation to this matter,” it said.

The company was among 41 individuals, business entities and Umno party branches named by MACC today as recipients of some RM270 million it said was money from 1MDB.

The bulk of the money totalling RM212 million went to Umno divisions and branches.

Meanwhile, another company included in the list, jewellery franchise Habib Jewels Sdn Bhd, said all of its transactions were “in good faith and are supported by legitimate documentation”.

“These include those that may be subject of investigations by the MACC,” the company said, adding that it had not been served any notice by the anti-graft agency.

“We would also like to hereby confirm that we have fully cooperated and will continue to provide full cooperation to the relevant authorities pertaining to this matter,” it said.