29 January 2016
Umno man in RM2.6b image gone viral sees red
An Umno division leader is upset that his “misquoted” statement on the RM2.6 billion donation issue is being used by political rivals to cast further aspersion on the matter.
An image with Mohd Khusairi Abdul Talib and attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali is being circulated on social media.
In the image, the AG is quoted as saying that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had returned RM2.03 billion to the Saudi royal family because the sum was not used whereas Mohd Khusairi is featured stating, “I am confident the RM2.6 billion was spent in total for Umno”.
The Tanjung Malim Umno division leader, in a statement published in MyKMU.net, claimed his remarks on the matter were misquoted by a reporter who spoke to him last August, a month after the donation issue was exposed.
“My statement, which has been made viral (on the social media) is based on a telephone conversation with a reporter.
“I never said that I was ‘confident’ the total amount was spent for Umno.
“What I actually said is that it is not impossible for the amount to be spent for the BN campaign to face the 13th general election,” he said.
Criticising those behind the images, Mohd Khusairi said this issue was nothing compared to the lies and slander hurled at Najib over the donation.
“It is these lies and slander by the famous experts in the art of political manipulation that should be compared with the AG’s statement and not an unpopular leader like me,” he added.
Nevertheless, Mohd Khusairi, on a sarcastic note, thanked the creator of the image for promoting a “small leader” like him.
AG sd US620M (RM2.03B) returned. 15.8.2015, Datuk Mohd Khusairi (T.Malim umno div chief) sd, he’s confident RM2.6B completely used for umno?