Muhyiddin Yassin today hit out at Najib Razak for challenging his denial of a witness testimony in court that he had received RM1.3 million in 2018, saying it would be better for the former prime minister to manage his own problems instead.
“He is not a judge,” Muhyiddin, a former home minister, said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
He added that he had already issued a statement on the claim, saying there was no need to comment any further.
“I said at the time that I was not in the country,” he said. “So I ask that this not be discussed again.”
Former Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd (UKSB) administrative manager David Tan Siong Sun had said at the corruption trial of Ahmad Zahid Hamidi last week that Muhyiddin received RM1.3 million from the company in three cash transactions, on June 4, July 4 and Aug 23, 2018.
Tan told the Shah Alam High Court that RM300,000 was given on June 4, RM500,000 on July 4 and RM500,000 on Aug 23.
Muhyiddin later denied Tan’s testimony, saying he had been undergoing treatment for cancer at a hospital in another country.
He also said he was ready to be investigated by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Najib had later questioned Muhyiddin’s denial in a post on Facebook.
When asked about the statement by former Bersatu chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad that the party had never received a sum of RM1.3 million, Muhyiddin said that people should not jump to their own conclusions.
“As if I received (the money) and the party did not,” he added, repeating his stand that he was ready to be investigated by the authorities.
MACC has said that it will investigate the individuals named by Tan in his testimony.
Muhyiddin aside, Tan had named Khairy Jamaluddin, Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Hishammuddin Hussein, Shafie Apdal and Anifah Aman, saying they were mentioned in the UKSB ledger as well as in an MACC forensic report.
Zahid himself was also included in the ledger under a series of code names such as “z”, “zh”, “yb”, “young boy”, “mon” and “monster”.
Tan said he used code names because he was worried that the ledger might be exposed to other people.
The ledger contains the details of payments made by UKSB to several individuals between 2014 and 2018.