Na­jib re­it­er­ates in­no­cence af­ter 1MDB ver­dict, says money was spent on or­phans, wel­fare pro­grammes

Fiji Sun - - CHINA/ASIA NEWS - Chan­nel News Asia

Kuala Lumpur: For­mer Malaysia Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak has re­it­er­ated his in­no­cence af­ter a guilty ver­dict in his first 1Malaysia De­vel­op­ment Ber­had (1MDB) trial, claim­ing that a ma­jor­ity of the money that he was ac­cused of mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing was used for wel­fare ac­tiv­i­ties.

In a video posted on his Face­book page on Mon­day night, Na­jib said that 99 per cent of the money was spent on cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It was not for per­sonal ex­penses or for my own com­fort. As I said be­fore, the court them­selves ver­i­fied that the money was not used for per­sonal use. My con­tri­bu­tion of RM400,000 (FJ$201,860.55) to Rumah Penyayang Tun Ab­dul Razak (or­phan­age) in Pekan was to look af­ter or­phans and their school­ing ex­penses. For that, I was pun­ished and fined RM2 mil­lion (FJ$1m), be­cause I con­trib­uted for or­phans.

“I was also fined RM3.25 mil­lion (FJ$ 1.64m) be­cause I had do­nated RM650,000 (FJ$328,028.56) to UMNO (United Malays Na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion) in Jo­hor, Pe­nang and Kedah for their wel­fare pro­grammes,” he said.

Un­der the law, those con­victed of money laun­der­ing will face a max­i­mum of 15 years jail and a fine of RM5 mil­lion (FJ$2.52m), or five times the amount, which­ever is higher, for each charge. Na­jib stated that there were many ex­am­ples where he spent money not for him­self, but for the party and the peo­ple.

He said that his char­i­ta­ble acts had re­sulted in broad sup­port among the grass­roots.

“I swear I will fight against this in­jus­tice and I will make full use of the ap­peal process,” he said in the video.

Na­jib Razak.

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