- Funds appeared in Najib's private accounts before 2013 poll
- Some lawmakers have sought answers on the funds since July
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will speak to the country’s anti-graft agency soon as investigators probe how hundreds of millions of dollars in political donations ended up in his accounts in 2013.
"It is my intention to fully cooperate in the investigation into this case considering that it has resulted in various allegations and slander," Najib said in a statement Thursday. The premier said he will testify so that the probe could be completed as soon as possible, but did not give a specific date for doing so.
Opposition lawmakers and some in Najib’s own party have questioned how 2.6 billion ringgit ($596 million) ended up in his private accounts before a general election in 2013. Najib has acknowledged the money reached his accounts but said it was political donations from the Middle East, an initial conclusion also reached by the anti-corruption commission.
The accounts have since been closed. The receipt of political funds was to meet the needs of the party and the community and wasn’t a new practice, the official Bernama news agency reported in August, citing Najib.
The Wall Street Journal reported on July 3 that about $700 million may have moved through government agencies and state-linked companies to those accounts. Najib has denied taking money for personal gain.
Parliamentarians will also get answers to questions on the funding scandal on Dec. 3 before the legislature goes on hiatus. Najib will either respond to questions himself that day or appoint a representative to do so.