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Sumisha Naidu @SumishaCNA
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Former PM Najib Razak gave Malaysiakini an interview. Not only that, he went to their office to do it. A new Malaysia indeed.
Najib on his seized "gifts":

"Over the years as head of the government, we have been gifted with a lot of items by foreign leaders as well as personal friends and I do know that under the law it is not illegal to receive gifts."
Najib said Rosmah herself was surprised about the number of items mentioned by Amar Singh.

“She doesn't believe it will come up to that amount. Also some items, the jewellers have got records that they were sent for viewing and need to be returned."
"Asked if it was ethical for someone in his position to accept valuable gifts, Najib said former US president Barack Obama's wife Michelle received millions from the late Saudi ruler King Abdullah Abdulaziz Al Saud."
Wrong link. Please use this:
Najib: "Some of these monarchs in certain countries, it's part of their culture to give costly items...I have not used them. I have kept them because I don't use very expensive things as my friends know. I don't use any watches that contain valuable stones".
Najib on it not being illegal to receive gifts:

"If the gifts are given to you by other heads of state, like on occasions like your birthday and not expecting anything in return, it is not illegal.
"Mahathir said on record he received 40 horses from his friends..."
On the reason for the cash - largely election funds, he says - being kept at Pavilion Residences:

“Because it all happened in a hurry, you see... we had to vacate within two hours the PMOand Sri Perdana. Mind you, in PMO, there is a strongroom built by my predecessor"
"Najib said like any husband, he was not aware of the extent of his wife Rosmah Mansor's collection of jewellery and other items."
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