This is from www.thestar.com.my this morning...
Najem: Makna cash is in
BY ROYCE CHEAH and CECIL FUNG
KUALA LUMPUR: The Elie Najem saga continues with the self-professed billionaire claiming that he has banked in RM1.166bil into the National Cancer Council (Makna) account.
Najem met reporters at his Villa Putra residence here and claimed the transaction was made yesterday.
He read out to them the transaction number for the transfer of funds and claimed that a man named Aman from Maybank had verified this.
GOOD MOOD: Najem and Farinnie chatting with reporters outside a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur Friday.
“The transaction has been made with monies worth £175mil with extra to spare. And now that this is done, do you have anymore questions?” the 45-year-old Lebanese asked the assembled reporters.
“In 10 to 12 days, the money should appear on the screen. Not now, because it is the holidays here,” he said, adding that there was also the matter of conversion of large amounts of money to ringgit taking time and needing Bank Negara approval.
Najem made this announcement after meeting Makna president Datuk Mohd Farid Ariffin at the lobby of his apartment building.
Farid later told The Star he would make an announcement once the money was in Makna's account.
Earlier, Najem excused himself during the press conference and returned 15 minutes later with the news.
Before that, however, he refused to say anything concrete, claiming that his lawyer who had the confirmation was not around.
“After Feb 15, I hope to be standing on the land where the Makna hospital will be built and move into my new RM20mil home,” he said.
Najem also announced that he and his wife Farinnie Mohd Farid were soon to be parents. Farinnie said she was six weeks' pregnant and had only found out about it on Thursday.
“All I can say is Alhamdulilah (Thank God),” she said.
Najem said that he hoped it would be a girl so he could name the her after the mother.
He added that those to whom he owed money – and had proof of it – should contact his father-in-law Mohd Farid Abdullah or his accountant Daud Shah Sulaiman Kamal Bacah at 013-2655318 and they would be paid immediately.
In the morning, Najem’s appearance at a magistrate’s court here drew the attention of people present and sent reporters scrambling.
Reporters who had been expecting him to be brought to court since Monday were caught off guard when he turned up early in the morning with his lawyer S. Selvam, his wife and father-in-law
Selvam said Najem wanted his passport released to enable him to renew his visa and open a bank account.
Najem surrendered his passport to the court last September when he was charged with two counts of cheating and one for an immigration offence.
The trial has been set for May 17 to May 19.
Magistrate Normazaida Ahmad Narihan fixed Feb 3 to hear Najem’s application.
Najem, who was waiting outside the courtroom, told reporters that he needed to open a bank account for his daily expenses.
“I spend US$37,000 (RM137,000) a day. Just yesterday I spent US$10,000 (RM37,000) because I need to take my shots every day.”