2 top Umno office-bearers knew about $8.9m donation to Najib's account

KUALA LUMPUR - Two top Umno office-bearers were aware of the political donation that went into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak's personal bank account.

Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said that he was aware of the RM2.6 billion (S$8.9 million) donation and had repeatedly explained the issue.

He said Umno treasurer Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah was also aware of the transaction.

"We have spoken a lot on this matter. Now, can the Opposition tell us the source of their funds?

"I also challenge the organiser of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) to openly declare its fundings," he said after opening the Setiawangsa Umno division meeting here yesterday.

The division passed a resolution to fully support Najib's decision to reshuffle the Cabinet and lead the party into the next general election.

Tengku Adnan also questioned where Bersih acquired funds to give out free yellow T-shirts and banners during each demonstration.

"The public deserves to know exactly where they get their funds from. Please declare (the source) as we are curious to know," he said.

Bersih will hold a fourth rally on Aug 29 and 30 at Dataran Merdeka.

Tengku Adnan also claimed to have witnessed protesters holding US$50 notes after joining a ReforĀ­masi rally in 1998.

On a separate matter, he said the party was fully aware that certain members were working discreetly with the Opposition to topple Najib.

He said the party was now in the midst of gathering the necessary evidence.

"Once we have proof of them being part of a conspiracy to bring down a democratically elected government leader, stern action will be taken.

"We will act regardless of who these members are," he added.

Earlier, Tengku Adnan urged all party members to stand united against challenges and resolve their differences before GE14.

"It is not a wise move to bring down the party or the institutions our forefathers helped to build in order to fulfil the personal ambitions of a few leaders.

"We have to stop all infighting, especially those who are trying to pit one leader against another," he said.