KUALA LUMPUR — July 29, 2019: A lawyer today referred to an affidavit in another case a few years ago in which former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak admitted that RM42 million from SRC International Sdn. Bhd. went into his personal bank accounts.
According to Ranjit Singh, the affidavit was in response to a statement of defence by his client, former transport minister Tun Dr. Ling Liong Sik, in a suit.
Najib also said that the money was transferred via two intermediaries but claimed not to have personal knowledge that the intermediaries were Gandingan Mentari Sdn. Bhd. and Ihsan Perdana Sdn. Bhd.
At an event in Kuala Lumpur in October 2015 Ling said Najib was unfit to be prime minister and had asked him to resign following news reports of alleged misappropriation of public funds, said a Bernama report.
Ranjit further alluded to Najib’s affidavit which said the US$700 million also deposited into his accounts from overseas were a personal donation.
Najib withdrew his suit in May last year weeks after the 14th general elections. He had in October 2015 sued Ling for allegedly slandering him in an article in a news portal.
Najib, 66, is facing several charges linked to RM42 million of SRC International money.
Joanna Yu, the bank’s former relationship manager who handled Najib’s accounts, further testified that fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho @ Jho Low played an important role in decision-making over the management of the accounts.
Hearing before justice Mohd. Nazlan Mohd. Ghazali continues.