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Anti-graft group: Malaysian PM must explain $700M in account

Transparency International says Malaysia's anti-graft fight wobbly unless Najib explains $700M

Anti-graft group: Malaysian PM must explain $700M in account

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Transparency International says Malaysia's fight against corruption can't be credible unless the truth is revealed about the $700 million found in Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal account.

Najib has been fighting for political survival after leaked documents in July showed he received the money from entities linked to indebted state fund 1MDB. He later said the money was a donation from the Middle East.

Transparency International's president, Jose Ugaz, said Wednesday that Malaysia is facing a "corruption crisis" and that questions over who gave Najib the money and what happened to it must be answered.

Speaking at an international anti-corruption conference in Kuala Lumpur, Ugaz said that "until then, no claim from the government on anti-corruption will be credible."

Updated : 2021-09-22 17:37 GMT+08:00