Then it is simple- we reject its self serving definition by the government; Continue to regard it as a clandestinely deposited money. Then the PM is seen to have violated some laws. Refuse to accept the childish argument offered for example by the Youth Minister that as along as it held on trust for UMNO its OK to keep the money in the PM's personal account.
The trouble is- there is no record of any instrument empowering the UMNO president of being able to do so nor are there any provisions in the UMNO constitution according such power to its president. UMNO, the biggest party representing and purporting to represent the Malays cant be a party to some shadowy conduct what more of some crime.
These UMNO leaders made light and trivialised the issue of money flows into Najibs account. Rahman Dahalan put up a stout defence by saying that the UMNO constitution allows the president to keep and receive money on trust for UMNO. I put up the relevant sections of UMNO's constitution and there isnt any provision allowing that. The latest statement coming from him- money is better placed in Najib's personal account because he is more trustworthy. Najib he tells us needs to have the money in his account to enable him to spend more as BN has lost some states at the elections.
Azalina Othman trivialized the whole matter by suggesting that the account issue will not be an issue if one treats the monies going in there as mere donations.
The UMNO youth head has joined the fray by saying that it is alright for donations to be kept in Najib's personal account. It is not a crime. There is nothing wrong for Najib to keep the donations in his personal account- he is reported to have said. The UMNO youth leader has given out some of the haziest, neither nor there statements.
Notice that no one is denying the accounts belonged to Najib. Their efforts are now concentrated in finding all the inane reasons to justify and legitimize the money that went into Najib's account.
That is a job done by UMNO sanitary workers. We should stay away from even glossing over the manufactured concept of 'donation' because it is nothing more than an attempt to conceal a wrongdoing. Which is, clandestinely taking in money into a private account and likely to have contravened banking and other laws.
It is obvious from the many silly statements issued by the above umno leaders, they appear to read the concept of mandate as a license to do as they pleased.
The mandate from their supporters is treated as a license permitting them to do as they want including as they do now, taking people as fools. That is why we find people like Najib talking about having the support of 3.2 million people.
I am not disturbed if people like Rahman Dahalan, Azalina Othman or even Ahmad Maslan put up the statements they did, but I expect more from a person with an Oxon degree behind his name. Perhaps this is a reflection of loose thinking coming from a person accustomed of being hero-worshiped by assistants wet behind their ears tripping over each other and addressing the young man as sir. The daily adulation must be an intoxicant to the UMNO Youth boss.