Dr Mahathir wants Najib to show proof of his RM10 million claim to his aide.
Graft investigators are in the dark over claims that one of Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s aides had collected RM10 million from former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak prior to the 13th general election back in 2013.
Quoting a ‘top-level source’, The Star Online reported that the investigators had received no report on the matter “for now”.
Even so, the source said: “There is no law to prevent one from receiving funds for political purposes.”
Yesterday, Najib told Malaysiakini in an interview that “one of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s people” who was a “trusted aide and a well-known swimmer” had collected RM10 million in cash from his house in Kuala Lumpur for use in GE13.
He said this when asked to explain how it came that RM116 million in cash was found by police during raids on several properties linked to him and his family after last month’s GE14.
Najib had replied that while not widely known, collecting donations and cash for use during elections was a common practice as running an election campaign is an “expensive affair”.
Asked about this allegation by Najib, Dr Mahathir challenged Najib to show proof to back up his claim.
Malaysiakini reported that Najib revealed the name of the aide during the interview, but was withholding the identity of the person concerned pending a response.