Malaysian prime minister cleared of corruption over $681m Saudi 'gift'
26 January 2016
1. I welcome the statement issued today by the Attorney General, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali. The findings followed a thorough investigation by the relevant institutions, and he has confirmed what I have maintained all along: that no crime was committed.
2. I appreciate that political funding is a topic of concern to many people. That is why I first initiated political funding reform proposals in 2010. Unfortunately, these were blocked by the opposition at the time. However, I have instructed for them to be put forward again for discussion.
3. This issue has been an unnecessary distraction for the country. Now that the matter has been comprehensively put to rest, it is time for us to unite and move on.
4. I will now redouble my focus on the key issues that matter to Malaysia, especially combating the threat of terrorism, and strengthening the economy in the face of global headwinds.
YAB DATO' SRI NAJIB TUN RAZAK
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA
26 January 2016
1. I note today's statement by the Attorney General regarding the donations. The investigations that led to the Attorney General's findings were painstaking and comprehensive, examining every detail and piece of evidence. No one should question the competence or independence of Malaysia's institutions, or our legal process.
2. As has been made clear, there were no conditions attached to the donations, which were made to the Prime Minister personally out of belief in him and his leadership on key issues. I know this myself, having met the donor. It was the Prime Minister who chose to use the donations for the benefit of our party and at-need communities around Malaysia.
3. As politicians, we are prepared to be attacked by opponents who want to damage our reputations with false allegations in order to replace us. However, it is wrong to damage the reputation of the government and the country for personal political gain. National interest must supersede personal interest.
4. We have spent enough time distracted by this matter. I call on everyone to move on. Now we must unite and move forward under the Prime Minister's leadership for the betterment of Malaysia. He is the right person to lead us through the current global economic storm and the security threats we are facing.
YB DATO' SERI DR AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER