Monday, February 17

PRS admits receiving RM1 million from Najib


Wilson Nyabong Ijang

KUCHING: Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang has admitted that Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) received RM1 million from the previous chairman of Barisan Nasional (BN) Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The fund was spent for political purposes before the 2013 parliamentary election, said Nyabong, who was entrusted by party president Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing to manage the political fund.

He said the party had cooperated with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers in July by telling them in detail where, when and how the fund was spent.

The RM1 million was handed to PRS by way of a cheque, he said.

“We were honest. We gave them all the details. When your boss gives you the money for political works, you do not ask him or her where it is from. That (scenario) applies to our case. We even told MACC to take whatever is left from that particular fund but there was none. PRS is a poor party,” he said when contacted by phone yesterday.

MACC chief commissioner Latheefa Koya yesterday said that they had issued compound notices to 80 individuals and entities that received money totalling RM420 million, believed to have originated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

PRS is among the political parties named in the latest list.