Claiming that the money seized from Najib’s house is party ‘funds’, Umno wants the police to return it to them.
Umno has requested that the police return the money confiscated from its former president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s house in Jalan Langgak Duta on May 17, alleging it is part of the party’s campaign funds.
The Umno Strategic Communications Unit said the funds were obtained from donations for the 14th general election and are also meant for Umno’s management.
“It is both regrettable and disappointing when the remainder of Umno’s funds for campaigning were confiscated while being transferred to the new Umno leadership following the resignation of Datuk Seri Najib Razak as Umno and BN president,” it said in a statement on the party’s official website this evening.
According to the Umno unit, political funding is allowed by law.
“Therefore, Umno is working to restore these funds and requests that the police release the funds to the party as soon as the authorities complete their investigations.”
Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, who is carrying out duties of party president, said Umno badly needed the funds to rebuild the party post GE14.
He said when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had stepped down as Umno president, the latter had also handed back RM1.2 billion to the party and its three million members.