KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 8, 2015:
The source of political donations were never revealed during the time Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was Umno president and Prime Minister, according to Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.
The party’s secretary-general today expressed his disappointment that Dr Mahathir continues to question why the RM2.6 billion political donation was credited into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account, instead of the party’s account.
The Federal Territories Minister said that this had been the practice for a long time, not just by Umno but also by opposition parties.
“One thing that is really sad about what Dr Mahathir said, is him claiming he wants to know why the RM2.6 billion was not credited into Umno’s account.
“From his (Dr Mahathir) time, we never included political donations into the statement of accounts.
“The statement of accounts is for things that need to be reported only. Not just Umno, but the opposition also have not disclosed the source (of their political funding). So why bring up these questions?” Tengku Adnan said when met by reporters at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here today.
He said this in response to Dr Mahathir’s latest attacks against Najib in a speech he delivered last night at the Sultan Sulaiman Club in Kampung Baru, here.
Dr Mahathir who insisted he would attend the Umno general assembly which officially begins today, also said he wanted to hear Najib’s explanation on the RM2.6 billion.
According to Dr Mahathir, the RM2.6 billion should have been credited into Umno’s account as proof.
Commenting further on the matter, Tengku Adnan said the speeches given last night by Dr Mahathir and Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin were the same issues that had been brought up previously.
“They say they love Umno but what they are doing is mean. I don’t understand it, he is a statesman. Don’t do things that were never done before but now they are asking for it to be done.
“Actually the Prime Minister, who is also Umno president, has already solved half of the problems that were brought up.
“I don’t understand, why are still asking, why they are still issuing such statements.”