KUALA LUMPUR: The Umno Youth meeting got off to a teary start for the sons of former Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
This came just before the main agenda of the Umno Youth meeting when it was announced that Najib was the recipient of the Anugerah Tokoh Pemuda 2023.
A short video clip depicting the life and achievements of Najib was shown before the award was presented to his sons Datuk Nizar Mohd Najib and Datuk Mohd Nazifuddin Najib.
The estimated 1,160 youth delegates attending the meeting were heard chanting "Hidup Pemuda" and "Malu Apa" as the award was presented to a visibly moved Nizar by Umno Youth chief Dr Muhamad Akmal Saleh and his deputy Mohd Khairy Md Shah.
Mohd Nazifuddin was also seen repeatedly wiping away his tears.
Nizar is currently Pekan Umno division vice-chief while his brother is an Umno Youth exco member.
The viral catchphrase "Malu apa, bosku? (Why the shame, boss?)" was coined by Najib in 2019 and became a popular slogan among his supporters.
In July 2020, Najib, who was also former prime minister, was convicted and sentenced for charges involving criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of position involving SRC funds totalling RM42mil.
He was sentenced to a RM210mil fine and 12 years' jail, which he is currently serving at the Sungai Buloh prison.
In April this year, the Umno supreme council unanimously agreed to seek an audience with the King to present a memorandum urging for Najib to be pardoned.