PARLIAMENT The government has again cited the element of sub judice in declining to answer whether Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak knew about the deposits in his personal bank accounts.
This comes after Putrajaya turned down questions by opposition lawmakers who asked about the status of RM42 million of SRC International Sdn Bhd that went into Najib's accounts.
"The question cannot be answered as the matter has been put to the court's consideration, which is in line with the notice issued by the speaker (Pandikar Amin Mulia) on March 31," said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Azalina Othman Said.
She was responding to Dr Ko Chung Sen (DAP-Kampar) and Mahfuz Omar (PAS-Pokok Sena) in a parliamentary written reply yesterday.
Ko asked if Najib had any knowledge about the money which went into his private bank accounts and that he has to inform Bank Negara to ensure there were no elements of money laundering, misappropriation and corruption.
"(I wish to ask) the prime minister to state if he obtained supportive documents to show that the movement of money was legal," he said.
"What is the status of the RM42 million SRC International fund that went into Najib's personal accounts without both the prime minister and SRC knowing about it?" asked Mahfuz.
"Has the money been returned to SRC or spent by the prime minister?"
In March, Azalina had said that questions on the RM2.6 billion political donation could no longer be raised in Parliament.
She said this was because such discussions were sub judice due to the Malaysian Bar’s application for a judicial review against attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali.
Sub judice is a Latin term meaning "under judgment", which means that a particular case or matter is under trial or being considered by a judge or court.