Police chief stays mum on 'Najib's admission'
MALAYSIA'S police chief has refused to comment on a leaked video purportedly showing former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin saying Prime Minister Najib Razak had admitted to him that massive funds had been channelled into the PM's personal accounts.
"I will not make any comments on that. Anything to do with 1MDB will be handled by them (the task force investigating 1MDB)," The Star quoted Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar as saying at a press conference yesterday.
He was referring to the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, which is believed to be the topic of Mr Muhyiddin's speech in the video.
Mr Muhyiddin seems to be recounting in the clip to a group of visitors to his home on Tuesday, just hours after he was sacked by Mr Najib as DPM, a confrontation he had with the PM on The Wall Street Journal report which said RM2.67 billion (S$960 million) had been deposited from 1MDB-linked firms into Mr Najib's accounts.
According to what The Malaysian Insider news website transcribed from the video, Mr Muhyiddin allegedly told his guests: "I asked him (Mr Najib) from whom? He did not mention the name, from somewhere in the Middle East. How much...Hard to count, he said 'a lot, a lot'.
"Then I asked why was it transferred to your accounts...Why did it enter Najib Razak's accounts? How much money? US$700 million (S$960 million).
"If you multiply that by three point something... 2.6 billion goes into his personal account. He said this, he admitted."
Apparently seen among the guests in the video was Kedah Chief Minister Mukhriz Mahathir - son of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is Mr Najib's toughest critic. Mr Mukhriz has said he is "prepared to face any possibilities" over the video.
Soon after the video was leaked, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Ahmad Maslan told the media that Mr Najib had quickly explained to the Supreme Council of the ruling United Malays National Organisation party that "he had never used money from 1MDB nor put it in his accounts".
"It's not true, it (1MDB money) was not channelled or otherwise," he added, conveying Mr Najib's defence.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian police said only "waste paper" was destroyed during the fire on Wednesday night at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, reported The Star.
No "secret documents" related to any ongoing investigations were lost, said the police, following speculation that documents linked to the 1MDB probe had been wiped out.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.