Najib decries ‘unfair’ treatment

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 12 Jul 2018

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak says he found out that his personal bank account was frozen when a cheque he issued for his daughter’s medical treatment bounced.

“This bank account had no other transactions as it was used to only receive my salary as an MP and pension as the Pahang mentri besar,” the former prime minister said on Facebook yesterday.

“This account has nothing to do with politics. It has nothing to do with matters relating to the investigation conducted with the authorities.”

Najib said his children’s bank accounts were unfrozen after they posted his RM1mil bail on Monday.

However, he said his personal bank account which he had maintained for years remained frozen.

Without directly citing the 1MDB scandal, he said he complied with the authorities on their investigation only to become a victim of “mudslinging politics and draconian action by the Government of the day”.

He said the undue conduct of the relevant agency and the timing of the freezing of his account was uncalled for.

Najib said someone told him that the timing of the freezing of his account could be to circumvent or frustrate the order of the court for him to raise bail.

“If taken in its entirety, it seems to allude to mala fide (done in bad faith),” he said.

“Why is my personal liberty circumvented when the court had already granted me bail pending trial and the fact that I have complied with my bail conditions?” he asked.

“The authorities need to realise that I am an ordinary citizen too. As the head of my household, I too have bills to pay, medical bills to attend to and a household to run.”

He appealed to the relevant authorities to give him access to his personal freedom until his trial was completed.

“I am pleading with all concerned to stick to the rules of a fair and impartial investigation.

"If we do not respect the rule of law, rules of natural justice and the Federal Constitution, we would eventually become a failed state,” he added.

Najib has been charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power involving RM42bil linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

Meanwhile, more than 100 Umno members visited Najib at his Langgak Duta residence yesterday as a show of support.

Mohd Yassin Maan said he came with 20 other members from the Rasah division.

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