KUALA LUMPUR – March 31, 2016: Prominent blogger Syed Akbar Ali of ‘Outsyed the Box’ has been heavily criticised in cyberspace after he claimed that letters from a Saudi Arabian prince affirming a donation to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was fabricated.
Earlier, a report by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) confirmed that the RM2.6 billion donation paid into the prime minister’s bank account was indeed from Saudi Arabian royals.
According to the report, the deposits recorded by AmBank showed that several remittances were accompanied by letters from Prince Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud, a copy of which was reproduced by ABC.
Syed Akbar, who is a well known Najib critic, had in a post written that the letter was “fake” and that the donation was a give from a “fake, dead prince”.
“The fake letter dated Nov 1, 2011 claims that the grant of US$375mil is being made in recognition of Najib’s suggestion to launch the ‘global movement of the moderates’.
“It is the Global Movement OF Moderates, which did not come into being until 2012. You can’t even wrote it correctly,” the blogger wrote.
Among others, the blogger alleged that the letter to Najib had errors, with the prime minister addressed as “Mohd”, instead of “Mohammad”.
According to the blogger, it was inconsistent with the way Arabs would normally address a person whose real name is “Mohammad”.
The post which was published on Wednesday has been taken down but a screen grab of the article has gone viral, sparking a debate in cyberspace.
A number of those who took part in the debate criticised the blogger for conveying “confusion and creative lies”.
Lim Sian See wrote ; “There are four or more such letters from the same person were lodged at the time of each transfer, and sent to the bank then.
“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also gone to Saudi to interview the donor, to confirm whether his identity is real.
“MACC probably has the prince’s real identity card or some sort to know if he is indeed a royal family member, transferring on behalf of the Saudi Govt or royal family. Well Syed, how do you explain that?”
Li Hamdan commented by saying “Do you honour such a person for his talents in making creative lies?
“All of the reasons he had come up with to prove the letter as fake, are indeed creative lies. You have to examine the reasons very carefully and dig out the real facts to discover that they are all lies.”
Oll Tompock wrote that it is hard to comprehend and believe in what were written by Syed Akbar now that he had been debunked several times.
“I remember when he posted an article on the retirement of former attorney-general Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Patail, he had used an old picture to make the story looks true.
“He had never stood by his own words. Well, ‘his words’ only stand for one day or two days before he deleted them.”
“I pity those who still believe and share his (Syed Akbar’s) posting!” wrote Mahmood Kadir.
Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz pointed out the blogger’s ‘irritating’ habit of deleting his blog postings just a few days after they were published.
“He normally deletes his articles. I noticed that this is his fourth time deleting his blog posting. What a shocking habit.”
Nevertheless, some had shown their support for Syed Akbar.
“Few weeks ago, the ‘rationale’ was that the donation came from late King Abdullah Abdulaziz personal finances and state funds to fight Muslim Brotherhood. Now what?” Neo Albert commented.
Wy Leong wrote, “Well, the letter is too good to be true”.