PUTRAJAYA, May 9 — Those who still support Datuk Seri Najib Razak should ask themselves why both the United States and Singapore have pledged to repatriate money to Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
In his keynote address of his administration’s first year, the prime minister also asked how luxury handbags and jewellery ascertained to belong to Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor could be found.
“The US and Singapore governments recently returned the 1MDB money stolen and laundered by buying luxury assets at those countries,” he said, referring to 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
“One question that they may need to ask themselves is how that much money was returned by those governments?
“How did luxury handbags, jewellery and millions of cash, which were found to be Rosmah’s, come to be discovered in flats owned by her?” he asked.
Dr Mahathir chastised Najib and his associates for feigning ignorance, and instead accusing Pakatan Harapan of sidelining Islam and the Federal Constitution after they failed to prove their innocence.
“What is weird is when the investigation against 1MDB scandal goes on and those involved have started to face courts over the cases of 1MDB and SRC, Najib acts as if he did no wrong. The same goes for his friends,” said the prime minister.
“Although each of Najib’s wrongdoings was revealed, Najib and his friends still dispute their abuse of power, corruption and deceit. The same goes for their followers,” he added.
Yesterday, it was reported that Putrajaya and the police have initiated legal action to forfeit property, jewellery, luxury goods, vehicles and other valuables seized during raids on Najib last year over the 1MDB corruption scandal.
Two notices of the civil forfeiture action were reportedly submitted to the High Court on Tuesday informing it of the intent to take ownership of the items Najib and his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, were suspected of obtaining using stolen 1MDB funds.
The first notice was for an unnamed property in the Klang Valley and goods such as jewellery, designer handbags, watches and sunglasses valued at RM680 million.
Another motion was for the intended forfeiture of 27 luxury vehicles, watches, bags and money contained in 29 bank accounts, all of which amounted to RM31 million in appraised value.