KUALA LUMPUR: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Monday revealed several documents related to funds channeled to him by the late Saudi king, King Abdullah Abdulaziz, to confirm that the RM2.6 billion he received was indeed a donation from the Saudi royal family.
Via his Facebook account, Najib shared three documents from King Abdullah, one of which bore the words ‘Recognition of Contribution to the Islamic World’, dated Feb 1, 2011.
Two other documents were financial transaction statements dated Feb 24, 2011 and on Nov 25 the same year.
He said he was sharing the documents to clear his name of accusations and slander.
Najib said he and his lawyer spent a long time to obtain the bank statements and documents, just for the 2011 donations alone.
“On February 1, 2011, Prince Abdulaziz Al-Saud wrote to me to tell me that the Saudi government will prepare US$100 juta (RM415 million) for me in 2011.
“The documents for the SWIFT money transfer for 2011 showed that US$20 million was transferred from the account of Prince Faisal Turkey Al Saud and US$80 million was transferred from the Saudi Finance Ministry to me,” he said.
Najib said the letter was the first of several to be sent by the prince to him, followed by more donations over the next few years.
He said the funds came after the Arab Spring incident in late 2010 involving several Muslim countries in the Middle East, Africa and Saudi allies.
“The late King Abdullah was very concerned at the time and acted to fund leaders and Muslim governments in order to ensure stability.
“At the time, the price of oil was at an all-time high and the Saudi government had derived a huge income as a result.
“The king was concerned after knowing that there was a possibility of a Malaysian Spring, as Malaysia was also a Muslim country although it was not in the Middle East or Africa.
“Due to these concerns as well as our close relationship, in early 2011, the king promised to prepare funds for me and the party to be used in Malaysia,” he said.
Najib said apart from financial aid, King Abdullah also presented other gifts such as part of the Kiswah shroud from the Kaabah. The king also increased the Malaysian pilgrims haj quota to 20,000 places and asked for the matter not to be publicised.
“There were several witnesses when this promise was made.
“I later found that the funds promised over several years were much lower than those received by Saudi neighbours who were badly affected by the Arab Spring,” he said.
Najib said a copy of the letter was attached with the funds transferred to his Ambank bank account over several years. He said neither the bank nor Bank Negara Malaysia ever questioned or stated their concerns over the donations.
“The Saudi Foreign Ministry had twice confirmed openly that their government had presented a donation to me without conditions.
“Around two months ago, (prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he was disappointed when the Saudi government declined to deny that the RM2.6 billion was indeed a donation to me.
“One month later, the Pakatan Harapan government closed the King Salman Centre for International Peace in Kuala Lumpur,” he said.
Najib said he would continue to explain in detail, and reveal more evidence of the funds he received after 2011, including on the RM2.6 billion issue via media interviews and his Facebook page.