The audacity of Najib

by MOHD AMSYAR JAMAL

JUST when one thought that Malaysian politics cannot get any more ludicrous, ex-Prime Minister (PM) Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak has proven everyone wrong. 

On Saturday, the man who was described as a “National Embarrassment” by a top judge, after being sentenced to 12 years jail and a RM210 million fine for corruption, had the gall to insinuate others of being corrupt.

I can’t believe this. Has this man no shame? 

In a social media posting, he questioned his successor Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s denial of having received RM1.3 million as alleged kickbacks from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd.

Muhyiddin, an ex-home minister, had said that he was getting treatment for cancer at the time he was said to have received the payment and there’s no way it could have happened.

Let’s compare Muhyiddin’s reaction to the corruption allegation thrown at Najib when he was the PM. 

In Muhyiddin’s case, he immediately denied wrongdoings merely HOURS after the allegation was made by a witness in the corruption trial of Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. Muhyiddin even furnished proof that he was overseas getting treatment at that time the money was allegedly passed to him.

And what did Najib, as the PM, do when the media reported that some US$681 million (RM2.88 billion) of 1MDB’s (1Malaysia Development Bhd) money went into his private account? 

He kept silent!

Yes, a sitting PM for the longest time did not respond to the damning allegations which, in no time, had gone halfway around the world, tarnishing not just his image but that of the nation. The US Attorney-General (AG) even described Malaysia as a “kleptocracy” and gave Najib the “Malaysian Official 1” moniker.

And subsequent to that, what did Najib do? 

He unceremoniously got rid of the Malaysian AG who was said to be preferring charges against Najib for wrongdoings related to 1MDB. He also installed a compliant person to head the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. And he shamelessly pulled all the levers of power to consolidate his position as PM.

And now, Najib, the first ex-PM in Malaysia to be sentenced to jail for corruption, has the audacity to question Muhyiddin’s denial over alleged kickbacks amounting to RM1.3 million? 

I just cannot wrap my head around this shame-retardant idea.

This is the same man behind a grand larceny where dozens of countries around the world launched probes to get to the bottom of. In the US, where the trial where ex-Goldman Sachs (Group Inc) banker Roger Ng took place, reams of damning info surfaced about how Najib, and those he was in cahoots with, were paid millions to to pull off this heinous heist.

And this ex-PM6 and “PM10 wannabe” has the cheek to insinuate others of corruption. God save Malaysia if he ever makes a comeback as PM!

Mohd Amsyar Jamal

Bangi