PETALING JAYA: The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) has started a petition, appealing to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah to reject any pardon request for incarcerated former prime minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
The petition on Change.org said that the rakyat had to suffer the impact of corruption by elected officials who enriched themselves with the nation’s wealth instead of using it to develop the country.
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“With all our hearts we appeal to Your Majesty to consider our request to deny any appeal for pardon by Najib. As a nation, we must not tolerate corruption or the corrupt, whoever that person may be,” it added.
It added that Najib should serve his 12-year jail term and pay the RM210mil fine to serve as a deterrent to any leaders who think they can corruptly abuse their position of authority.
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At press time, the petition had almost hit its target of 5,000 signatures by garnering more than 4,500 signatures.
On Tuesday (Aug 23), the Federal Court upheld Najib’s conviction for misappropriating SRC International funds amounting to RM42mil.
The Pekan MP became the first former prime minister in the country's history to be sent to prison after the Federal Court dismissed his final appeal. He was taken to the Kajang Prison on Tuesday (Aug 23) evening.