AS Prime Minister Najib Razak and Umno lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah maintain their silence on whistleblower site Sarawak Report’s allegation of a RM9.5 million transaction between the two, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is considering legal avenues to expose the truth.
Opposition leader and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the PH presidential council would meet on Friday to discuss Sarawak Report’s latests claims and the possibility of legal recourse to get to the bottom of the matter.
She said the silence from the two parties concerned, especially the prime minister, was regrettable as Malaysians were unikely to be satisfied with the “trivial excuses” provided by Umno minister Nazri Abdul Aziz on the subject.
Nazri was reported to have said that it was of no relevance to Anwar Ibrahim’s trial whether Najib had paid Shafee or not. The Umno supreme council member said only payment to the judge presiding over the trial would have had a bearing on the outcome of the trial.
Nazri’s excuses, said Wan Azizah, did not answer main questions, such as why SRC International funds were allegedly in Najib’s private account and why RM9.5 million was allegedly paid to Shafee.
“Without an answer from Najib, the claims reported by Sarawak Report raise questions whether the money had to do with Anwar Ibrahim’s second sodomy case.
“Did other individuals related to the case also receive money from Najib? Did Najib violate the anti-money laundering law?” she said in a statement today.
Anwar, who is serving a five-year jail sentence after he was convicted of sodomy in the trial, had also raised several questions, including why the lead prosecutor in his trial had been allegedly paid by the prime minister.
“What was the purpose of the huge funds channelled by Najib into the private account of the lawyer, who was appointed by Najib’s government to handle the prosecution against me?
“The more serious question now is: who else has received money from SRC International through Najib’s personal account?” Anwar said in a statement on Friday.
On May 31, Sarawak Report alleged in its article “Najib Paid Anwar’s Prosecutor RM9.5 Million From 1MDB Slush Fund WHY?” that Shafee was the “biggest individual recipient of money from Najib’s 1MDB slush fund accounts”.
It alleged that Najib paid Shafee RM4.3 million in September 2013 and RM5.2 million in February 2014.
The whistleblower claimed the money came from the bank account “that had been identified as having been funded by money stolen by the prime minister from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) subsidiary SRC, which had borrowed some RM4 billion from the civil service pension fund (Retirement Inc Fund) KWAP”.
Sarawak Report said the RM5.2 million Shafee allegedly received in February 2014 came just a fortnight before the Appeal Court overturned the 2012 acquittal of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy charge.
Shafee was the appointed public prosecutor in the appeal against the acquittal of the PKR de facto leader of new sodomy charges .
The youth wings of PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia had over the weekend lodged several police reports over the allegations to push the police to investigate.