PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed ignorance on the early morning raids on Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s homes, saying that they were conducted by the police.
“The police have their SOP (stand operating procedure). I didn’t know they should raid at night, but my instructions were very clear: I am not going to torture people and things like that.
“We want people to be treated decently,” he told a press conference on Thursday.
Police are believed to be still combing through the former prime minister’s house in an action that began late Wednesday night (May 16).
Dr Mahathir said that he did not have information on the raids but he supposed that the police had enough reasons to conduct them. “This is the job of the police,” he said.
Some Pakatan Harapan leaders have criticised the early morning raids on Najib’s homes.
PKR deputy president Nurul Izzah Anwar said that as a former victim of early morning raids, she strongly disagreed with “ransacking any home during ungodly hours”.
“Charge, investigate, prudently. The principles of justice and wisdom should be applied,” she said in a tweet on Thursday.
Parti Amanah Negara communication director Khalid Samad fully agreed with Nurul Izzah on the issue, saying that while there was a need to investigate, there was no need to humiliate or transgress their rights as such.
“Upon completing investigations, charge. No reason to investigate until 4am. I was once taken at 2.30am,” he said in reply to Nurul Izzah’s tweet.
Meanwhile, when asked if Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor was also being investigated, Dr Mahathir said that the police were given the responsibility of investigating all criminal cases.
“It doesn’t matter who. If there is a case, we will take action.
“It is up to those involved in the investigations,” he said, adding that the investigations involved the police and several agencies such as the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the Auditor-General’s Department.
Najib’s lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh Grewal told the media at 4am on Thursday that police had searched the former premier’s house in Taman Duta.
No charges were mentioned, although Harpal believes that it could be under the Anti Money Laundering Act.
Earlier, Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigations Department director Comm Datuk Seri Amar Singh confirmed that police searched five premises belonging to or connected to the former prime minister.
These are believed to be his house in Taman Duta, Sri Perdana, two locations at Pavillion KL and the Prime Minister’s Office.
Najib and Rosmah have been blacklisted by the Immigration Department and they are prohibited from leaving the country.
Last week, Dr Mahathir said he expected charges to be filed against Najib following investigations over the removal of hundreds of millions of US dollars from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund.