This is a court, not a karaoke joint, cop tells Najib’s supporters

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today ticked off supporters of Najib Razak for creating a din in front of the courthouse where the former prime minister was charged with criminal breach of trust (CBT) and abuse of power.

Some 20 supporters, led by Umno Supreme Council member Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, had shouted slogans calling for Najib to be freed and sung “Allah Selamatkan Kamu” before Sentul district deputy police chief Superintendent Mohamed Rafiq Mohamed Mustafa reprimanded them.

“This is not a karaoke. This is a court,” he said when asked by one supporter why they could not sing.

The supporter however protested, asking: “Who says we cannot sing at the court? Are there rules?”

Mohamed Rafiq urged Najib’s supporters to cooperate in an attempt to maintain order, while another officer was seen telling them that they could stand outside the compound but could not make noise.

Earlier today, Najib was charged with CBT in connection with the transfer of RM42 million to his private bank account from former 1MDB subsidiary SRC International Sdn Bhd.

He was handed three separate charges for offences amounting to RM42 million.

A fourth charge on abuse of power accused Najib of using his position to siphon off RM42 million while giving government guarantees on SRC’s RM4 billion loan from the Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP).

Najib has claimed trial to all four charges.