Malaysian government to address RM2.6 billion donation received by PM Najib on Dec 3

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the 11th World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks during the 11th World Islamic Economic Forum in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: EPA

KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The Malaysian government is expected to answer questions on the RM2.6 billion (S$983 million) political funds that were deposited in the account of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on Dec 3, the last day of the current parliamentary sitting.

The date was announced by the Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said on Thursday (Nov 5).

Concerns about the funds rose after a report earlier this year by The Wall Street Journal said that US$700 million or RM2.6 billion had been deposited into the Prime Minister's personal accounts. Controversy over the issue has also led to calls for him to step down.

The premier has said the funds were made up of political donations and has denied taking money for personal gain.

"The end of the session is Dec 3, and that is when we will answer. The Standing Order does not state that an answer must be given on the same day the question is asked, so we will collate all questions and answer at one go," Datuk Seri Azalina said in an interview in Parliament.

Asked if Mr Najib will be present to answer the questions himself, she said it was up to him to decide.