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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 16, 2015:There has been a deliberate attempt to criminalise Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and pre-emptive steps had to be taken to stop it, said BN strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan. In an interview with The Star Online, Abdul Rahman said that the draft charge sheet against Najib has led the newly appointed Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali to express concern over the possibility of attempts to force Najib out of the office. He was answering a question posed by the English daily, asking if the Cabinet reshuffle, the immediate change of former A-G as well as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members were deliberate attempts to interfere with investigations over national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). “There are two theories out there. One is the one you mentioned that this is a deliberate attempt to stop, delay or interfere with the investigations. “But there is also another theory that there has been a deliberate attempt to criminalise the Prime Minister. If you are a politician of course you would take some pre-emptive steps so that it doesn’t happen. “Because there was an allegation of a draft charge sheet but MACC (Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission) said ‘Wait a minute we have not completed our investigation. So how could there be a draft charge sheet when the investigation has not been completed?’” Abdul Rahman also said that although he was not certain if the charge sheet was real, the existence of one was enough to conclude that a plan to criminalise Najib was a real threat and strong,drastic measures needed to be taken to put a stop to it. “Given that scenario what would you do? You would take drastic action wouldn’t you? ‘Okay take these people out first so that things will get back to normalcy and see what will happen next’. “If you could appreciate that scenario then you would understand the flurry of action taken by the PM.” Touching on the RM2.6 billion funnelled into Najib’s personal account, now confirmed as political donations by individuals believed to be from the Middle East, Abdul Rahman said that it was not the culture of any political party in Malaysia to the reveal information regarding the donations it received. “The donor did not want his name to be mentioned. The PM was under pressure whether to reveal or not reveal. My point is that there are 58 people in the Umno supreme council if you include all the state liaison chiefs. “Almost all knew what was going on and they understood how the president, since the inception of the party, was given leeway and the latitude to manage party’s funds. “They knew this was the system. They knew that previously the system was even worse than this where you park the money under names of individuals (as proxies) who were not even related to it,” he said, later adding that it was not uncommon for billionaires all over the world to give money for causes they believed in. “There are such people out there even though we are not used to it. The RM2.6bil is only US$700 mil. It only becomes billions when you convert it into ringgit.”

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