MACC records statement from Najib on SRC, RM2.6 billion donation

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) met Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today to record his statement on SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) and the RM2.6 billion deposited into his personal accounts, sources said.

The statement was recorded at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya.

The MACC confirmed in a statement later that it met Najib for more than two and a half hours.

“The prime minister has given good cooperation to the MACC. We will inform on further developments from time to time,” the statement said.

MACC officers met with Najib on Thursday to fix an appointment to record his statement on the matter.

The interview comes after MACC officers had last weekend recorded statements from businessman Low Taek Jho (also known as Jho Low), and SRC director Datuk Suboh Md Yassin.

SRC was a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) until it was placed directly under the Finance Ministry in 2012.

Last month, in an interview with The Malaysian Insider, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said that he gave MACC until the end of this year to record Najib’s statement on the RM2.6 billion he received.

Apandi also said he informed Najib of this, and that the prime minister agreed he would have to be questioned.

Critics have accused the authorities of deliberately dragging their feet over the investigation, while the Conference of Rulers last month urged the government to complete the investigations related to 1MDB as soon as possible.

The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had on July 2 published an article quoting an “unnamed investigator” saying that almost US$700 million (RM2.6 billion, at the time of publication) was banked into Najib’s personal accounts, a large portion of which was transferred before the 13th general election in May 2013.

1MDB refuted the claim, while Najib denied taking any state funds for personal gain. He had also threatened to sue WSJ over the article.

The prime minister also said he was willing to give a statement to the anti-graft agency over the RM2.6 billion “political donation”, and promised to do so “as soon as possible”. – December 5, 2015

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