KUBANG PASU - The Umno constitution allows the party president to have a trust account on behalf of the party, said Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
He said it was not only Najib who had a trust account on behalf of Umno but also the previous Umno presidents.
"The Umno constitution provides for the party president to have a trust account on behalf of the party," he told reporters after opening the Kubang Pasu Umno Youth delegates meeting here yesterday.
Rahman, who is urban well-being, housing and local government minister, said the money currently in a trust account under Najib's name as the Umno president was not from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) or public funds.
He said the 1MDB money belonged to the people and could not be disbursed to political parties.
"Donations to Umno from the past up to now have nothing to do with public funds. They are donations from party supporters," he said.