...sama ada Peguam Negara telah menyiasat deposit RM27 juta ke dalam akaun bank Menteri Kewangan pada 8 Julai 2014 yang berpunca daripada SRC International, yang antaranya RM3.2 juta digunakan untuk membayar bil kad kreditnya. Adakah ini merupakan kesalahan pecah amanah?
The response from the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Dato’ Sri Azalina Othman is shocking both in the lack of and discrepancy in the details.
"MACC's investigations on SRC International show that the prime minister has not committed any corrupt practice," she said in a written reply to me.
Firstly, how could it be that RM27 million which found its way to Dato’ Seri Najib Razak’s personal bank account, which was exposed by none other than the Attorney-General himself, be dismissed summarily without any basis that there was no criminal breach of trust?
What is more, the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Apandi Ali’s evidence which he showed to reporters during his press conference in January showed how RM3.2 million of the money was channelled to pay the Prime Minister’s credit card bills.
Unless the Prime Minister or the Attorney-General can give impossibly good reasons why the transfers took place, there is a clear-cut prima facie case to charge the Dato’ Seri Najib Razak for criminal breach of trust.
Secondly, Dato’ Azalina’s assertion that Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigations on the matter showed no “corrupt practice” is completely contrary to the statement issued by the MACC Oversight Panel issued on 24 February 2016.
“The panel agreed that MACC resubmit its investigation papers regarding SRC International to the Attorney-General for review... Since MACC’s investigation into the alleged RM2.6 billion donation case is still incomplete, the panel recommended to MACC that it continue its investigation into the case and seek the Attorney-General’s assistance to issue the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) in order for MACC to obtain evidence and documents from financial institutions based overseas as part of its investigation into the RM2.6 billion,” the statement read.
The MACC Oversight Panel statement could only mean that the investigation is still “incomplete” and MACC was seeking the assistance of the Attorney-General to obtain overseas MLA to access additional evidence.
Dato’ Sri Azalina Othman must clarify why her statement contradicted that of the MACC’s. Has she misled the parliament in her reply in order to exonerate her direct superior, Dato’Seri Najib Razak.
If she fails to provide clarifications and evidence that MACC has indeed “cleared” the Prime Minister of all crimes, that we will consider referring the Minister to the House Committee of Rights and Privileges for intentionally misleading the Parliament.