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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saudi minister’s U-turn too little, too late

Negarawan: The 1MDB mega scandal is not only a major embarrassment to PM Najib Razak but also to Saudi Arabia.

It is likely that Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir was trying to help Najib out at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) meeting.

To save Najib's face, and that of the Saudi regime in front of all the heads of Islamic states, the easiest way out is to make a statement that the funds deposited into Najib's personal accounts were "political donations".

In an interview with The New York Times in February this year, Al-Jubeir said the funds were an investment. The contradicting statements only reflect badly on Al-Jubeir's integrity and that of the Saudi regime.

Besides that, no details and evidence were provided by Al-Jubeir to substantiate his claim. In the event that the US Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation produce evidence to negate Al-Jubeir's claim, it will be a total embarrassment to the Saudis, showing that they are corrupt and unIslamic in their conduct.

Commentable: What's clear in this 38-second video is that:

1. The interview carried out by the Bernama reporter was designed to be kept as brief as possible.

2. In that brief encounter, the reporter posed a leading question that is framed to get an expected answer in return. Thus the reporter started off with "are you aware..." and naturally Al-Jubeir will answer in the affirmation "yes, we are aware so and so...".

His answer came in three parts:

1. We are aware of the donation.

2. It was a genuine donation with nothing expected in return.

3. That the attorney-general of Malaysia has thoroughly investigated the matter and found no wrongdoing.

But what he said were mere repetition of what our AG said when he cleared Najib of wrongdoing, and this fact the whole world knew too.

Is there any surprise when he said "as far as we are concerned, the matter is closed"? If it is not closed, what else is there for him to say? So then, where is the confirmation of "the donation"? - Msiakini

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