KUALA LUMPUR — April 29, 2019: A sum of RM1.9 billion was credited into one of Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s private bank accounts from 2011 to 2013, with part of the money said to have come from one Prince Faisal Al Turki and Saudi Arabia’s finance ministry.
R. Uma Devi, the Raja Chulan AmBank branch manager at that time, confirmed in reply to Najib’s lawyer Harvinderjit Singh that portions of the money, including RM304 million in 2011 and RM756 million in 2012, came from Al Turki.
A further RM324 million was credited from the finance ministry of Saudi Arabia.
She agreed that a letter of instruction written by Najib on July 30, 2013, had instructed that the money be returned to the donors and Uma Devi also agreed that on the basis of the letter, it was clear the bank knew the money was a donation.
The letter, as read out by Harvinderjit, says: “I (Najib) convey to you (Ambank) the instruction to convert funds in the current account of US$620 million and to remit the foreign currency in a single transfer of donation or personal gift I received per the authorisation letter. Return, consistency on the content dated July 30, 2013”.
The unutilised portion of the money was subsequently returned to the donors.
Uma Devi agreed that the donation was a huge amount that required compliance from Bank Negara Malaysia.