by Ganesh Sahathevan
While PM Najib and presumably Attorney General Apandi appear to have gambled on the fact that Najib's alleged benefactor, the late King Abdullah is dead and cannot tell us if he actually gave PM Najib US$ 681 million to fight the Muslim Brotherhood , their gambit seems not to have taken into account the fact that from sometime in 2012, King Abdullah was represented by his advisor and later deputy crown prince, Prince Muqrin bin Abdul Aziz. Prince Muqrin might well have succeeded King Abdullah, but for Al-Saud politics. Prior to becoming the late King's advisor Prince Muqrin, an UK and US trained fighter pilot , was head of the Al Mukhabarat Al A'amah (Saudi Intelligence Agency) from 2005 to 2012.
Muqrin knows Malaysia and Malaysians well, having trained with Malaysian Airforce officers in at least the US in the early 70s.He has apparently been a regular, if not very observant visitor ,as this report suggests:
Prince Muqrin is multilingual and well traveled. His knowledge of foreign countries astounded ambassadors, consuls and heads of missions who flocked to Medina City during the hajj season.He knew the names of streets and landmarks in practically every other city.
He once asked the Malaysian ambassador, “Whatever happened to that aged tree next to the Telecom Tower in Kuala Lumpur?”
Given his then position and his memory , it is more than likely that he would have knowledge of that "donation", if it was given.
Meanwhile, readers should not lose sight of the facts and issues raised in this earlier post:
Onus on Najib to call Al-Sauds as witnesses in his defence: Apandi ignores case of Datuk Harun Idris & provisions of MACC Act in letting Najib off the hook