KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak has been cleared of corruption charges by the country’s Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali. The much-followed financial scandal involving the Prime Minister had been going on for some time now.
Razak had received $681 million in his bank account, and while the Attorney General’s office have cleared him of corruption charges by stating that it was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family, critics have been quite vocal about the fact that this amount was in fact a “gift” from state-owned investment fund 1MDB.
Malaysia’s anti corruption officials have also said that the origin of the money was not from Malaysia and is most probably a gift from a foreign donor. The allegations have also been vehemently denied by Razak, but since the scandal, there has been a lot of pressure for his resignation.
Attorney General released a press statement saying: “I am satisfied that there is no evidence to show that the donation was a form of gratification given corruptly.” He said that the amount, which was transferred between the end of March and early April 2013, was a “personal donation” from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family.
He also added that anti corruption officials had met witnesses, including the person they identified as the donor, to confirm this fact.
The Attorney General also said that he does’t believe that the donation was either “inducement or reward” for Razak to use his position to do anything, stating that he had returned $620 million.
But some questions still remain unanswered. Why was Razak given the donation? What was the money used for? Where is the missing $1 million. Malaysia is yet to find out.
– The Global Panorama