Who Says It Was From Saudi?

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said hopes the people are getting clearer on the 1MDB issue and will not be deceived by quarters who want to topple the prime minister.

She said the statement of Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir yesterday that the donation to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak came from the country, showed what had been spun by the opposition and the Mahathir’s declaration group were not true.

Azalina said earlier many disputed the statement of attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali that the donation came from Saudi Arabia and not from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Our comment

The Saudi Foreign Minister was pressed to issue a retraction to his earlier statement that he thought there may have been an investment, but certainly no donation, in an interview staged by the Malaysian government.

His statement lasted less than 5 seconds with the Malaysian Foreign Minister at his side.

The ‘clarification’ however did not specify that the money came from Saudi Arabia or indeed anything at all,  The minister merely said he had now been made “aware” (by Malaysia) that this was a donation.

So why does Azalina say that he said the ‘donation’ came from Saudi Arabia?

There is a clear source for this multi-billion donation – i.e. the missing billions, which 1MDB’s CEO had earlier in the day FINALLY acknowledged was defrauded from the company!

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