KUALA LUMPUR: Things got heated in the High Court today when Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas accused Datuk Seri Najib Razak of doing nothing to recover RM4 billion which had been squandered by SRC International Bhd.
Both of them were engaged in a terse exchange, with Thomas at one point mocking the former prime minister by saying "you did nothing!....it was the taxpayers money...the money is not going to come back from the heavens, Datuk Seri", prompting Najib to shoot back by saying "that is not true".
The courtroom drama began towards the tail end of Thomas' cross-examination when he started questioning Najib over the RM4 billion loan to SRC International for which the government had ended up as guarantor.
He asked the former prime minister about SRC International's financial situation in 2017 and what steps had been taken to address the situation.
Najib, who also held the Finance Minister portfolio at that time, kept repeating that he had fulfilled his responsibility by asking the SRC International management to investigate.
However, Thomas insisted that Najib had done nothing, prompting the latter to reply in an agitated voice that he had indeed done something.
Thomas then suggested that the RM4 billion given to SRC International had all but disappeared but Najib disagreed.
"It is totally wrong...I asked SRC International to do it (take action)," he said in a raised voice.
Thomas then asked the 66-year-old Pekan member of parliament if he had ever summoned the five SRC International directors to find out what had happened to the money but he replied in the negative.
Thomas: This was not SRC International's money...it was taxpayers' money, but you did nothing to find out what happened
Najib: SRC International was supposed to do it
Thomas: So you did nothing...the money is not going to come back from the heavens, Datuk Seri
Najib: That is not true. I agree that nothing came back but that does not mean the money is not there.
Thomas: Is SRC International insolvent
Najib: It has serious cash flow problems but I disagree that it is insolvent.
Thomas: I put it to you that the RM4 billion has all but disappeared.
Najib: I disagree
Thomas: The RM4 billion was misspent and has dissipated.
Najib: I disagree...I too want to find out the truth.
Earlier, Thomas also questioned Najib about his refusal to allow former Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah from flying to Switzerland to find out why SRC International's money had been frozen.
Thomas suggested that Najib had prevented Husni from going there because he was afraid that his deputy may find out the real story.
Thomas: You did not want the cover from being blown if Husni had gone to Switzerland only to find out the truth.
Najib: That is not true...SRC International was already working on it.
The trial will continue next Wednesday and lead prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram is expected to continue with the cross-examination.
Najib is accused of committing three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power involving RM42 million of SRC International funds.
He is also facing three money laundering charges over the same funds. He faces up to 20 years jail, if convicted.