“I believe what was said to me before by the (former) attorney-general (Mohamed Apandi Ali) and Najib,” he told The Malaysian Insight. “I still believe that Najib has done nothing wrong, until it is proven to the contrary. Until it’s proven by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. Let’s wait until the investigation is completed,” said the former tourism and culture minister. In 2016, Apandi cleared Najib of allegations that he had received funds siphoned from 1MDB. Last week, Najib was questioned twice in relation to claims that RM42 million had been misappropriated from 1MDB subsidiary SRC International and deposited into his personal bank accounts. Najib is implicated in a civil forfeiture suit by the US Department of Justice, which is probing how US$4.5 billion (RM22.5 billion) in stolen 1MDB funds was used to buy luxury assets in the US. He is also accused of having received US$731 million in his personal accounts. He has denied any wrongdoing, saying the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family. “Whatever the outcome of the investigation, it must be the truth, and we wait for that,” said Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP. He said he accepted Najib’s explanation the way he had accepted Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s reasons for firing and jailing Anwar Ibrahim in the late 1990s. “I believe what I was told. Same as when Dr Mahathir said Anwar was guilty. So, it’s the same.” During Dr Mahathir’s first tenure as prime minister, he had sacked Anwar, who was his deputy, from the cabinet. Anwar was subsequently tried and jailed for abuse of power and sodomy in 1999. He has always maintained that the charges were trumped up. Dr Mahathir and Anwar have since reconciled, and they are both part of the new Pakatan Harapan administration. Despite his close ties with Najib, Nazri said he has not met the latter since Barisan Nasional’s defeat on May 9. “If he asks, I’ll go. I don’t want to disturb his routine because he is busy. I don’t want to intrude. But if he calls, I’ll go.” Nazri and Najib had come up at the same time in Umno Youth in the mid-1980s, during Dr Mahathir’s reign as Umno president. Nazri said it was Najib who had persuaded him to contest the Padang Rengas seat again in the 13th general election, although he had wanted to retire from politics.
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