KUALA LUMPUR: The late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia had wanted to gift Datuk Seri Najib Razak an Arabic stallion but the latter declined, the High Court was told today.
Former Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said King Abdullah had made the offer during Najib’s official visit to the gulf country 10 years ago.
“As we were leaving King Abdullah’s palace, Najib had observed and admired paintings of Arabian stallions that were in the walkway of the palace.
“He (Najib) commented on the beauty of the Arabian horses and King Abdullah took heed of his comment before he offered the former prime minister one of the many prized stallions that he possessed.
“Najib, however, politely declined the offer as he does not ride horses,” he said in his witness statement before High Court judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.
He said such an offer was a manifestation of the close relations between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.
Arabian horses are considered to be one of the top 10 horse breeds in the world because of their unmatched endurance, intelligence and their ability to work in a variety of domains.
Anifah was the sixth defence witness testifying in Najib’s SRC International Bhd trial, where the former prime minister is accused of misappropriating RM42 million of the company funds.
He faces 20 years’ jail if convicted of the offence.