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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 ― Dissatisfied with the explanations so far on the RM2.6 billion donation found in Datuk Seri Najib Razak's accounts, Lim Kit Siang today urged the prime minister to provide a detailed breakdown of how the funds were spent.
In a statement, the DAP adviser said Malaysians should continue asking questions about the funds, especially Umno's three million members.
“Do the three million Umno members know how the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal bank accounts for Umno had been spent?” he asked.
“Let Najib inform the three million Umno members how much from this sum had been allocated to Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) candidates for the 13th general election campaigning,” he added.
Lim said Najib should offer a full list of how much from the RM2.6 billion had been allocated to BN's candidates for the federal polls, as well as explain what he had done with the remaining funds if there had been any.
The Gelang Patah MP also expressed doubt that all three million Umno members were in support of Najib receiving the funds in his personal accounts.
On Saturday, Najib said he had been cleared of corruption claims linked to a RM2.6 billion deposit in his personal accounts and that he received it on behalf of his party and not for personal interests.
He pointed out that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had verified that the money was not linked to the Ministry of Finance-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad but from donors in the Middle East.
Najib also said he was prepared to present the Umno accounts to the general public provided the opposition parties also did the same.
Najib's supporters in the party have been defending their leader, saying that such political donations are commonplace, and that the party president was allowed to hold such funds as the party’s trustee.
Yesterday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said it is common practice for the head of any political entity to hold funds on behalf of the party, amid the uproar over the RM2.6 billion donation found in his president’s accounts.
Shortly after, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had maintained a personal banking account during his time as prime minister, but annually declared any excess funds in it for tax purposes.
He added that the failure to declare any leftover funds in his personal accounts was considered a breach of the law.
The issue of Najib's bank accounts arose after a Wall Street Journal article on July 2 reported that RM2.6 billion was traced to his private accounts, based on Malaysian investigators.