|Adel al-Jubeir: Saudi has a different story|
Between BBC and NYT, I would give greater credence to the latter. Its series of expose on 1MDB-related shenanigans have been largely accurate - accurate enough so as to discourage Mohd Najib from suing it despite making several threats.
The NYT quoted the Saudi minister as saying the money went to an “investment in Malaysia”.
“It is a private Saudi citizen, I believe, and the funds went to an investment in Malaysia,” he said in an interview with the American newspaper.
Mohd Najib and his storytellers claimed that the money was for use during the 2013 general elections and for fighting terrorism.
So what now brown cow?
Would the hypothetical brown cow advise the Prime Minister and his number one lawyer, (Datuk) Mohd Hafarizam Harun, to issue another legal threat against the paper?
I expect Mohd Najib’s handpicked Deputy Prime Minister, (Datuk Seri) Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to complain vigorously to the Saudi Government for making such a statement to the Press and not directly to him.
He must. Otherwise he will be accused of lying too because he had repeatedly swore that he knew the Arab donors and had met them in Saudi Arabia.
Between the Saudi minister and Ahmad Zahid, I would give greater credence to the former because I don’t know him and he has not said anything before that raised my suspicion.
Would he stick to his gun or would he make discreet checks to see if he has been lied to?
Who knows those tonnes of papers submitted to him by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Bank Negara may not all be works of fiction?
Just to refresh Apandi’s memory, on Jan 26 he told the Press the US$681-million deposited into Najib’s personal accounts was a donation from the Saudi royal family given without any consideration.