PETALING JAYA, May 24 – Umno is seeking to recover party funds seized by police while it was being transferred to Umno’s acting leadership after Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had resigned.
The Umno communications team, in a statement on Thursday (May 24), said the party constitution allows for Umno presidents to source and manage funds, including those for the general election.
“This was no different from our former president Najib, who had sourced for campaign contribution prior to GE14, and was managing our party’s funding.
“However, the remainder of these funds were seized by police after Najib stepped down as Umno and Barisan Nasional president, before it could be transferred to the current acting leadership,” said the statement.
It added that when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had stepped down as Umno president, he had also handed back RM1.2bil to the party and its three million members.
“Umno seeks to recover these funds and requests the police to release and return them to the party after completion of all investigations.
“Umno is in the process of rebuilding and the return of our party funds will help in this process,” said the statement.