Graft-busters baffled Najib was silent on missing cash stolen by PM Dept guards

PUTRAJAYA: When RM3.5 million went missing from his office, why didn't former premier Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak (pix) or his aides lodge reports or raise the matter to the police?

The deafening silence on the missing cash which was traced on Tuesday to a grand theft by security guards at the Prime Minister's Department has left Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigators not only baffled but suspicious.

Sources told theSun that although it is learnt that the cash was part of a much larger sum of money, supposedly donations that landed at Najib's office weeks and days before the 14th General Elections on May 9, investigators are not convinced and intend to probe the source of the funds.

"An investigation is underway to ascertain the source of these supposed donations. If there were many boxes of cash earlier, from where and who did it come from is what the MACC wants to know. It's puzzling that someone would not raise a fuss or lodge a police report on losing a sum like RM3.5 million," sources told theSun.

Investigators learnt that a large number of boxes containing cash were slowly depleting days before polling day but one box remained at the office.

The security guards, although not told of the contents of the boxes, were aware it contained cash.

At 3am on May 10, two security guards out of the 17 who were arrested by the MACC on Tuesday, decided to take advantage of the former premier's loss and ventured into his office.

On spotting the box, they carried it out and left it in another room before alerting the other guards including an officer.

As they discussed splitting the loot, the officer refused to be a part of it and turned a blind eye to the pact.

While the masterminds, the first two guards, took the lion's share of the cash, the rest received between RM150,000 and RM200,000 each.

Over the next two months, as they splurged on new cars, motorcycles and holidays, they could not resist boasting about their newfound wealth among their other colleagues and on social media.

A tip-off to the MACC weeks ago was all it took before investigators went to work.

They searched for the suspect's profiles on Facebook and found what they were looking for.

"Investigators are appalled by how these guards who have served for more than 15 years could resort to such dishonesty. These are personnel entrusted to guard the former prime minister and this comes as a real shock," a source said.