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Friday, July 6, 2018

Najib's son says history repeating itself in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR - The son of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said history was repeating itself in Malaysia after his father was charged in court.

Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin said the only difference this time around was that there was another “victim” for the government.

“The so-called new Malaysia today is not much different from the old Malaysia 30 years ago because biased prosecution is still happening.

“It is just that the individuals are different and coincidentally the Prime Minister is still the same.

"I want to voice this fact, despite all the chants of democracy, we are not mature in politics and still practise vengeful feudal politics,” he said in a Facebook posting.

Nazifuddin said he needed to share his feelings and stated that Najib was once the country’s leader, and that during the entire 14th general election campaign, his father had been falsely accused non-stop.

“I am saying this not to get sympathy, but to speak the truth for everyone to see and understand. If the suffering of an ex-leader accused can make Malaysians happy, we are ready to face that suffering.

“He is my father, and I know Malaysians know how he was like. If for 42 years he served in the government as a bad person, or if he merely wanted to steal money belonging to the people, I do not think he would have been appointed prime minister all these years,” he said.

Najib was yesterday charged with four counts of criminal breach of trust and abuse of power.

He was released after posting half of the RM1 million bail set by the High Court.

Nazifuddin also touched on the police raids which had been conducted by various authorities prior to this.

“The black Marias which came early in the morning during Ramadan and the never-ending press conferences seem to be aimed at making the people angrier.

"Isn't it general procedure not to share details when investigations are ongoing or were they revealed to deliberately shame my father?"

Nazifuddin also questioned whether it was logical for a prime minister to be bought with just RM42 million, referring to the amount stated in the charges brought against his father.

“Is that all his integrity is worth? If any breach of trust, abuse of power or corruption could be linked to a Prime Minister, then my father and all former Prime Ministers must be responsible for all losses suffered throughout their leadership.

“My father was prosecuted by an attorney-general who was appointed by the new government, even when it was objected to by many quarters.

“This goes to show the current political scenario that is based on vengeance,” he said.

Nazifuddin said it was clear that Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto during the 14th general election (GE14) was to haul in the former prime minister, who they accused of being corrupt, to court.

“In this life, I only have one father and mother. Without them, there will be no me.

“Regardless of what happens after this, I will continue to be with them.

“I will continue throwing my full support behind Najib because he is my father, and he was once a beloved leader of this country,” he added.

Nazifuddin also took the opportunity to express his appreciation to friends and supporters who gave their trust and support to help his family.

Admitting that it was hard for him to share his feelings with Malaysians, he said that this was not to fish for sympathy but to state the truth to be understood by all parties.

By Nazura Ngah

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