$909m donation to Najib from a 'brotherly nation'

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

IT IS not fair to judge Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for taking political donations, said Tourism and Culture Minister Nazri Aziz.

Mr Nazri said that all political parties receive donations and it would be a case of double standards to demonise Mr Najib for it.

He said the RM2.6 billion (S$909 million) donation deposited into Mr Najib's personal account was from a "brotherly nation", adding that this would not make it susceptible to meddling from the Middle East.

"I would like to remind all political parties... don't lie... saying that they don't receive donations.

"For example, just to contest for a parliamentary seat, it costs RM5,000. Imagine 100 seats," Mr Nazri said, questioning where political parties get the money to contest if not from contributors.

He said it was more "transparent" to channel the RM2.6 billion into Mr Najib's personal account.

"Compared to taking donations in cash or putting it in a Swiss bank, this is more transparent.

"Just click on the computer and all the transactions will appear," he told reporters after the 2015 Declaration of National Heritage event at the National Museum yesterday.

Mr Nazri also voiced his support for a law governing political donations.

"Like in the United States, when they receive donations, it will be registered. Everyone knows, so there are no issues," he said, adding that Malaysia should have a similar system.

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