However, when the story broke, Zeti kept quiet and did not come forward to explain that the whole thing was her idea. Why? The why is simple. Zeti’s hands are also dirty so she kept quiet in case she also gets dragged in as one of the beneficiaries of the 1MDB money and her family’s links with Jho Low gets revealed.
Everybody knows the story of the 1MDB scandal. But what many do not know is that Zeti Akhtar Aziz and her family are also involved with Jho Low and benefited from 1MDB. And that is the reason why she kept very quiet in 2015 when the scandal first broke. Zeti could not point fingers when her own hands are dirty.
In fact, on 28th July 2015, when the 1MDB issue first became hot news, a website called https://fromtheeleventh.wordpress.com/ came out with the story about Zeti and her family. But no one really took much notice of it because the euphoria was on Najib Tun Razak. They just wanted Najib’s head and did not care about anything else.
Zeti has not explained till today why she advised Najib to transfer the USD680 million donation from the Saudi royal family into his personal bank account and not into Umno’s bank account. The reason she gave is that if the money was transferred into Umno’s account it would complicate matters since it would involve the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
The USD680 million would need to appear in Umno’s accounts and how the money was spent would also need to be declared. And if it is declared that the money was used to finance Barisan Nasional candidates in the general election, that would be a breach of the election rules (violate the limit allowed) and the Election Commission (SPR) can disqualify every single BN candidate.
Hence Zeti advised Najib to use his personal bank account and not Umno’s bank account and avoid having to explain anything to the RoS and SPR. That would be the safest option, advised Zeti.