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BBC’s “well-placed source” confirms donation from Saudi royals

The late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud, who according to BBC was the one who approved the RM2.6billion political donation.

The late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud, who according to BBC was the one who approved the RM2.6billion political donation.

Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – January 27, 2016: The British Broadcasting Cooperation (BBC) has stated in a report today that the Saudi Arabian royal family had indeed donated RM2.6 billion to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

According to the BBC report, which quoted “a well-placed source”. the so-called political donation was deposited into Najib’s account so as to help Barisan Nasional (BN) win the 2013 general election.

The BBC’s Saudi source, who has asked not to be named said the payment was authorised from the very top – from Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah – with funds coming from both his personal finances and state funds.

The donation was to help Najib and his coalition win the general election by employing a strategic communications team with international experience, focusing on the province of Sarawak and funding social programmes through party campaigning.

The source also told BBC that there was nothing unusual for the Saudi royal family to give donations to Malaysia adding that Jordan, Morocco, Egypt and Sudan have all been beneficiaries of such donations.

It was also mentioned in the BBC report that Saudi donated the money to Malaysia because it was concerned over the rising power of the Muslim Brotherhood, which they consider a terrorist organisation.

Yesterday, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali reportedly said that no further actions needs to be taken in regards to the RM2.6 billion donation issue because Najib did not commit any criminal wrongdoings by accepting it.

“I am satisfied that there is no testimony which showed that the fund was a bribe.

“The testimony did not show that the fund had been given as an inducement or payment for doing or not doing anything in his capacity as the prime minister,” he said.

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Zaidi Azmi

Zaidi Azmi

Despite becoming The MOLE's journalist in 2014, he still has a hard time traversing the city. If he is not lost, this northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make some sense out of the Malaysian political sphere.