Ex-second finance minister held a grudge against me, says Najib

Former prime minister Najib Razak says former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah misunderstood his decision to transfer him out of the finance ministry.

KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak today accused his former colleague Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah of holding a grudge against him over the decision in 2016 to transfer him out of the finance ministry.

He said Husni, who previously testified for the prosecution in his SRC International trial, had taken the chance as a witness to voice his dissatisfaction in the open.

“There are some incidents that I do not wish to reveal that led him to misunderstand my decision,” he told the High Court today.

“If he thinks that he was treated like an office boy during his tenure as second finance minister, I find it strange that he remained there,” he added, referring to Husni’s testimony in court.

Husni said in August that he had been treated like an office boy despite holding the position of second finance minister.

He also claimed to be in the dark about SRC International affairs, saying he only signed the first government guarantee for the company to obtain the RM2 billion loan from Retirement Fund (Incorporated) (KWAP).

Husni was minister from 2009 until his resignation in 2016.

When asked about Husni’s claim that he was told off by the former prime minister on the matter of bringing back SRC International’s RM3 billion funds, frozen by the Swiss authorities in 2013 over allegations of money laundering, Najib said the incident had been taken out of context.

“He did meet me, but not formally, to say that he could help resolve this problem and that he has friends there, too.

“I said to him that SRC officers were handling it and there was no need for him to go.”

The hearing continues before High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

Najib faces six charges of money laundering and criminal breach of trust in the transfer of RM42 million to his account from SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB.

He is also accused of abusing his powers as prime minister by giving government guarantees on SRC International’s RM4 billion loan from KWAP.