King Salman Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia arived in Kuala Lumpur for a four-day state visit yesterday, making Malaysia his first choice of nation to visit since taking over the throne from King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud who died two years ago. His visit is the third to Malaysia by any Saudi King.
The first visit by a Saudi King was in 1970 by the late King Faisal Abdulaziz Al-Saud, followed by the late King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al-Saud in 2006. No Saudi King visited Malaysia for 36 years between 1970 to 2006.
Unbeknownst to many, Malaysia especially under the current administration is looked upon with high respect in the global scene, thanks to the tireless diplomacy conducted by both Prime Minister Najib Razak and Foreign Minister Anifah Aman. Saudi would contact Malaysia at least every fortnightly to consult on many things including on matters involving the Middle East. Malaysia’s stance on the Middle East countries, for example, plays a huge role on how Saudi shapes its foreign policy.
It is of no surprise then when King Salman announced at the state banquet in his honour at the Istana Negara that Saudi is prepared to render Malaysia assistance to the latter’s initiatives to help Muslims.
“We are ready to extend assistance and all resources that we have to help Malaysia realise its efforts to help other Muslims,” he said.
A day prior to King Salman’s arrival, U-Turn Mahathir made a veiled reference to the Saudi King, accusing him of lying and giving Malaysia money in want for something in return.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia donated a total of USD 115 billion to help 90 nations around the world. The USD700 million given to Malaysia back in 2013 is not even one percent of the amount.
Furthermore, even ABC Australia’s investigative documentary ‘Four Corners‘ confirmed in 2016 that the USD700 million had nothing to do with 1MDB-linked companies. The only allegation made which the US Department of Justice had based its investigation on was by U-Turn Mahathir’s errand-boy Khairuddin.
“The Four Corners report confirms what the Prime Minister has maintained all along, and what multiple lawful authorities concluded after exhaustive investigations: the funds were a donation from the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia.”
I am surprised that none of those who accused Najib of soliciting the RM2.6 billion (USD700 million) donation for himself has held a placard at the Parliament building to ask where has the donated money gone to. Mahathir was not at the state banquet – it was the best opportunity for him to ask in person about the donation.
Even blabber-mouth Tony Pua is evidently and conveniently missing, choosing to be away from Malaysia when the Saudi King is here.
Every detractor has gone missing or in hiding or crying beneath the shower as the best opportunity to hand over a suit over the “missing” RM2.6 billion slowly disappears.
This IS the best time to sue, people. Not only did the Saudi Royal Family give RM2.6 billion, it has now brought RM62.26 billion on this trip! Show some balls! This is the time!
Then again, if even Pakatan’s de facto leader U-Turn Mahathir dared not reveal the identity of the person he accused, what chance do you think his coward minions would dare to show the top of their head?