Stream of Umno leaders come a-calling

Baling MP Abdul Azeez Rahim (left, in red shirt) outside former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s house.

KUALA LUMPUR: A stream of Umno politicians, among them newly-elected MPs as well as former ministers and MPs, called on their former party president Najib Razak at his home in Taman Duta here today, which has been at the centre of a massive police investigation.

Among those who called were Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, Baling MP Azeez Abdul Rahim, Paya Besar MP Shahar Abdullah, former Kedah menteri besar Ahmad Bashah Hanipah, former Jerlun MP Othman Aziz, former deputy minister Johari Baharum, and former Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad.

They arrived at Najib’s house after Friday prayers.

Azeez’s aide said the leaders were making a “courtesy call” but did not elaborate.

Earlier today, former ministers Mahdzir Khalid, Azalina Othman Said and former deputy minister Aziz Karpawi also went to the Najib residence, along with several supporters.

Former Jerlun MP Othman Aziz (left) and former Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad (pink shirt) were among the Umno leaders who visited former prime minister Najib Razak at his Taman Duta house today.

The visits take place a day after police raided three apartments in Bukit Bintang and seized 284 designer handbags that included Hermes Birkin bags, along with 72 suitcases and other luggage bags containing cash and jewellery, as part of an investigation into allegations of money-laundering in relation to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

One of the Umno leaders, Paya Besar MP Shahar Abdullah, speaking to reporters outside the house, urged the public not to pass judgment on the action taken by the police.

“Investigations should be focused on 1MDB and not other ‘stories’ being linked to it,” he said briefly when approached.

Teluk Kemang Umno member Abdul Rahim Abdul Rahman said he still supported Najib even though the latter was no longer party president and prime minister.

Najib resigned as Umno president and Barisan Nasional chairman on May 12 after the coalition lost power in a crushing general election defeat last week.