Najib done giving full statement to MACC


Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak emerged from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) building yesterday still uncertain of his fate.

Najib — who is prohibited from leaving the country — has been questioned by the MACC over possible abuse of power after he received RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a unit of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which itself is being investigated for massive fraud.

Najib had already been questioned on Tuesday and told reporters that his full statement on the matter has been fully recorded after six hours of questioning yesterday.

“They said the testimony session is done,” he said.

Najib did not comment on the questioning, but said on Tuesday that he presented documents to support his testimony.

Another person of interest — Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo (picture), who leaked information over 1MDB’s first business deal with PetroSaudi International Ltd — was also questioned by the MACC on a separate probe on the Malaysian investment fund.

Najib could face arrest for his involvement with 1MDB-related offences. Police have also seized cash, jewellery and handbags said to be worth hundreds of millions of ringgit from premises that are said to be linked to him.

MACC chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull said the agency is close to wrapping up the case with “just one or two witnesses” left to be questioned.

Najib is said to have received RM42 million in his personal bank account in 2015 from SRC International, which was a unit of 1MDB then.

SRC International, which was placed under the Ministry of Finance during Najib’s administration, took a RM4 billion loan from the Retirement Fund Inc.

It had disbursed the money as investments in Indonesia, Mongolia and other countries.

At that time, Najib — who was also finance minister — had been 1MDB’s advisory board chairman as well.

Attorney General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali had in 2016 “cleared” Najib of all wrongdoing over the SRC International money, as well as the larger amount of RM2.6 billion that was also deposited into his account.