PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak has hit out at the authorities for freezing his personal bank account last week.
In a Facebook post today, Najib said the move was uncalled for as he had been maintaining his personal bank account for years.
“This bank account had no other transactions as it was used to only receive my salaries as a member of parliament and my pension as the menteri besar of Pahang from my decades of serving the government at the state and federal level,” he said.
Najib said he only realised his account had been frozen when a cheque he issued to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment bounced.
“The undue conduct of the relevant agency and the timing of the freezing of my account is uncalled for. I am dismayed at the conduct, timing and exercise of such draconian actions by the government of the day.
“Some have speculated to me that due to the timing of the freezing (of the account), this might be to circumvent or frustrate the order of the court for me to raise bail. If taken in its entirety, it seems to allude to mala fide.
“As the head of my household, I too have bills to pay, medical bills to attend to and a household to run. The authorities’ freezing of my bank account has caused me hardship and difficulties in performing this role,” he said.
Najib also said that as of this morning, his children’s accounts had been unfrozen.
“This proves that the initial order to freeze their accounts was without basis,” he said.
He said like any other citizen, he deserved his personal freedom until the trial had been completed.
Najib said his record as a politician proved that he was a democrat.
“I believe in the impartial process and integrity of our courts, our civil service and our criminal justice system.”
He said he conceded defeat after the general election and did not intervene in the process, adding that the peaceful transition of power was proof of this.
The former premier said he had never resisted or intervened in any inquiry and had always given full cooperation to the authorities.
“However, certain parties continue to engage in mudslinging politics. Allegations have been made about me and how I administered my Cabinet, reputations have been sullied but common sense and rational thinking dictates that these are mere unsubstantiated narratives — simply because there is no evidence to support this.
“Like you, I am an ordinary citizen of this nation, subjected to certain presumptions of the law, which is the presumption of innocence, guaranteed access to justice and a right to a fair and just trial,” he said.
Najib was charged with three counts of criminal breach of trust and one count of abuse of power at the Kuala Lumpur High Court on July 4 in connection with funds linked to SRC International that went into his private bank account.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges and is out on a RM1 million bail.