BATU PAHAT - Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said he had met the wealthy Arab family who had donated the US$700million (S$985 million) that was channelled into party president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal account.
He said the family, who he did not named, had donated the money because of Malaysia's commitment in fighting terrorism, and being a moderate Muslim country with a plural society.
The family, he said, was impressed by how Malaysia, with its plural society, still managed to remain moderate without sidelining any other religions.
"Those were the answers given to me when I asked them the reason for their donation. They also told me that Malaysia was not the only country they have donated money to.
"They have also helped other Islamic countries," he said when opening the Sri Gading Umno division meeting yesterday.
He said he had also met with the investment officer of the wealthy Arab family, who explained how the first US$100million was given via a cheque under Najib's name and the rest through other channels.
"I saw the documents myself - the original documents, not photostated ones, and I also saw the money trail," he added.
He assured the people that the donation was 100 per cent from the Arab family and not from the Retirement Fund Inc or 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
He urged Umno leaders to meet the people to explain the real situation regarding the donation so that they would not be influenced by the lies spread by the opposition through the social media.
Opening the Sekijang Umno division meeting in Segamat later, Dr Ahmad Zahid said his encounter with the existence of a conspiracy to topple the Government via the "back door" was not sandiwara (theatrics).
He said as Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, he was privy to all information around the country verified by not one but several intelligence agencies.
"I obtained the information accurately and did not add or minus the facts. The conspiracy to topple the Government would take place if not stopped.
"This is the truth. Not an attempt," he said, adding that his statement regarding the leader of the plotter planning to meet the Prime Minister was also correct.
"The person didn't show up on that day as he did not want to have his photograph taken by the media people who were camped outside the Prime Minister's house," he added.
Dr Ahmad Zahid said those involved had intended to form a unity government where they would have two deputy prime ministers, each from DAP and PKR.
"Their prime minister will be someone who used to be in Umno," he added.