KUALA LUMPUR – Datuk Seri Najib Razak has sworn on the Excessive Court docket that he didn’t instruct the switch of RM42mil (S$14.3mil) from SRC Worldwide Sdn Bhd’s coffers into his checking account.
In a uncommon transfer for an individual already charged within the courtroom of regulation, the previous prime minister swore utilizing an Arabic phrase typically utilized by Muslims to swear as a way to show themselves.
“Wallahi wabillahi watallahi. I’ve by no means ever instructed anybody to try this, ” he mentioned throughout a re-examination by his lawyer Farhan Learn.
Farhan had requested him to elucidate his denial that he had instructed former SRC Worldwide CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil to switch the cash into his private account.
The 67-year-old mentioned he by no means gave the instruction to Nik Faisal.
“There isn’t a proof that I gave such an instruction and no witness has additionally come ahead to say so, ” he mentioned right here yesterday.
Najib additionally took a jab on the present administration when he was requested in regards to the dismissals of his former deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after which rural and regional growth minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal from his Cupboard.
“The current prime minister eliminated extra ministers, ” he mentioned in reference to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, including that each Muhyiddin and Shafie had spoken exterior of the Cupboard and this went in opposition to the precept of collective duty.
“Are you able to think about the prime minister says one factor and the minister contradicts him?”
Cupboard discussions, added Najib, had been additionally subjected to the Official Secrets and techniques Act and each Muhyiddin and Shafie had been dismissed as a result of they didn’t abide by this.
“I’d by no means take away a minister simply because he disagrees with me, ” he added.
The Pekan MP additionally mentioned it was “ludicrous” to counsel that he had taken cash from SRC Worldwide and transferred it into his private account.
“I need to say, I have been in authorities for a very long time. I have been a main minister for 9 years.
“It’s ludicrous to say I took cash from an MKD (Minister of Finance Inc) firm and in a roundabout way or some method, transferred it into my account.
“If I had been a legal, I’d be a silly particular person as you do not put stolen cash in your private account. Lots of people would realise. Actually Financial institution Negara would realise, ” he mentioned.
He maintained that he was not “that silly” to do such an act.
“I am not probably the most clever particular person however I am not that silly to do one thing weird like this. You can not go right into a conjecture.
“There isn’t a proof that I directed RM42mil to be positioned in my account, ” he mentioned, insisting that he had additionally by no means requested nor directed anybody to place the cash in his account.
“Once I came upon about it (the cash), I used to be aghast. It has by no means occurred, not in my years in authorities.”
Najib is dealing with seven fees -three for legal breach of belief, one for abuse of energy and three for cash laundering – involving SRC Worldwide funds totalling RM42mil.
The listening to earlier than Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali continues at present.