PUTRAJAYA: Nearly 50 supporters of Najib Razak gathered in a show of solidarity for the embattled former prime minister outside the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) headquarters here this evening.
The rally, organised by an NGO that called itself “Pemantau Malaysia Baharu” (Monitor of New Malaysia), began at 8.30pm following Najib’s arrest by MACC earlier in the day.
Led by Umno supreme council member Lokman Adam, the group sang “Allah selamatkan Najib” (Allah save Najib) outside the agency’s building.
In his speech, Lokman said the gathering was to show support for Najib.
He questioned the need to arrest Najib after the former Umno president had cooperated with the anti-graft agency in its investigations.
He said he was confident that Najib would not be found guilty if charged.
Najib was arrested at 2.35pm at his house in Taman Duta, linked to the MACC probe into SRC International, the former subsidiary of the troubled state firm.
He is expected to be charged tomorrow morning in Kuala Lumpur.
“We want to clarify that the money transacted has elements of betrayal and we believe that it was not Najib’s fault,” Lokman said.
He said Umno’s spirit would not dampen although many more party leaders were expected to be investigated and party accounts frozen.
He said the action taken against the leaders was intended to weaken the spirit of the party’s members.
“We will not be defeated and we will fight against the regime of Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” he said, referring to the current prime minister and PH chairman.
On July 2, the 1MDB Special Task Force had said that a total of 408 bank accounts with funds amounting to RM1.1 billion belonging to 81 individuals and 55 companies had been frozen.
It said the accounts were believed to be linked to the misappropriation and abuse of 1MDB funds.
Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi also recently said that MACC had frozen the accounts of the Umno headquarters and Selangor Umno, while Johor Umno chief Mohamed Khaled Nordin confirmed that one of the state party’s bank accounts had been frozen.
SUPP president Dr Sim Kui Hian had also said that the party received a letter from its bank informing that its headquarters’ account was frozen for a three-month period for MACC investigations.