KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11, 2015:
Umno Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz saw nothing wrong in party donations being transferred into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal account.
If anything, it was more transparent, he said.
“How else are you going to transfer money? It is more transparent to have it in an account than (receiving) cash. Then just take it out bit by bit.
“The Prime Minister is just a victim of double standards and allegations.
“It’s not fair to him. If (someone) gives donations, there is nothing wrong,” the Tourism and Culture Minister told reporters after officiating at the declaration of the 2015 National Heritage at the National Museum today.
Mohamed Nazri also said he fully supported suggestions for special laws to regulate the management of political funds.
He shared that when he was Finance Minister, there were suggestion to ensure all donations needed to be channelled to the account of a political party’s headquarters, but this, he added, was not agreed to by the Opposition.
“They are worried if there are these laws, contributors will be revealed and when revealed, of course it involves businessmen who are then scared to contribute to the Opposition.
“But the federal government will keep getting (donations). They (businessmen) won’t be scared.
“I also want to tell any political party; don’t lie and say you don’t receive donations.”
When asked whether the donations received from the Middle-East would make Malaysia susceptible to foreign powers, he denied the possibility.
“Whatever donation was given to us was by a friendly nation, and a nation which is not stronger than us, like the United States, which can influence us.
“It’s a brotherly nation which wants to see certain parties win in the general election because we are friendly to them.”
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) confirmed last week that the donors who deposited RM2.6 billion into Najib’s accounts were from the Middle East.