Wasn’t court told RM304 mil came directly from Saudi finance ministry, asks Najib

Former prime minister Najib Razak says Bank Negara was aware of the transactions as the money was sent directly to his bank account.

PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today questioned Pakatan Harapan’s move to push for Umno to be dissolved on grounds that it received RM212 million from him, which the ruling coalition claimed was from 1MDB.

The former prime minister pointed out that just two months ago, a bank officer testifying in the trial involving SRC International — a former subsidiary of the investment arm — had confirmed with the court that he (Najib) had received funds from a Saudi royalty and the Saudi government.

This, Najib said, included at least RM304 million from Saudi’s finance ministry, which was transferred directly into his account.

Najib, who is also the former Umno president, said that Bank Negara was aware of the transactions.

The Pekan MP said he also uploaded the relevant documents which confirmed the payments made by the Saudi finance ministry on social media.

“As far as I know RM304 million is more than the RM212 million channelled to Umno.

“RM304 million is also more than the RM270 million the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission wants to seize from 41 entities, including Umno,” he said in a Facebook post.

Najib was responding to PPBM Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman who said that PH Youth will be urging the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to take action against Umno for receiving funds from 1MDB.

MACC had announced that it has filed civil forfeiture applications against 41 individuals and entities to recover money allegedly transferred from the account of the former prime minister.

Its chief commissioner, Latheefa Koya, said the forfeitures, filed under Section 56 of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, are to recover RM270 million of 1MDB money transferred to Najib’s account and later to the individuals and entities.

At a press conference last Friday, she said the biggest recipients of the money were Umno divisions and branches, which received RM212 million.