KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 3, 2015:
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (BN-Bagan Datoh) today gave answers to questions regarding RM2.6 billion in political funds which were channelled to the personal account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (BN-Pekan).
Ahmad Zahid pointed out that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Aug 4 had clarified that the money deposited in the account was not from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
“The government was advised by the Attorney-General that the statement released should not be given as the matter was still under investigation by the relevant agencies.
“However, MACC had also identified the donor of the funds.
“Bank Negara was also informed of the opening of the account,” said Ahmad Zahid in the Dewan Rakyat.
According to Ahmad Zahid, statements on the matter could be considered sub-judice and affect the course of the investigation as well as cause public prejudice and reiterated previous arguments by the government regarding the matter.
“In a democracy, the practice of political donations is permitted and practised by the Opposition.
“Do not pretend the Opposition does not need donations because this is nothing new,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid also reiterated that the Prime Minister had proposed that political funds be regulated since 2009, and in 2010 the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) had suggested a pledge regarding political funds.
“However, the recommendations of the Prime Minister on political funding were rejected by the Opposition. Up to now, there is no specific law on political funding.
“This issue has public attention. This year, the government put forward the original proposal, the regulation of political funds by establishing a consultative committee to obtain the views of all parties.”