Not proper to use Saudi donation to buy luxury watch: Anifah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) – The Malaysian High Court was yesterday told that it was not proper for former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to buy a luxury watch for his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor using the so-called Saudi Arabia donation.

Former Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman, 67, said he agreed with ad-hoc prosecutor Datuk V Sithambaram’s suggestion over the usage of so-called donation from the late King Abdullah ibn Abdul Aziz Al-Saud.

Sithambaram asked, “Buying a Chanel watch for half a million ringgit for Najib’s wife, would that be proper usage?” Anifah answered, “Of course not.”

Previously, it was established in court that Najib had spent USD130,625 (RM466,330.11) at a Chanel boutique in Honolulu, in the United States (US) in 2014 on a luxury watch as a birthday gift for Rosmah.

Earlier, when reading out his witness statement, the former Kimanis Member of Parliament (MP) said it was understood that King Abdullah did not want his monetary contribution to be “vaguely disbursed” as it may pose problems in its disbursements and putting the money into Najib’s personal account would bring about easier control.

Former Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi with former Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman. PHOTO: BERNAMA