PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today accused national news agency Bernama of sensationalism after it ran a report quoting one of the accused in the Kevin Morais murder trial claiming that the former prime minister had offered him money to confess to the murder.
“Of course, those who are not easily gullible by reading just the headline would find that something is not right after reading the whole article,” he said in a statement, responding to a Bernama report on the testimony by S Ravi Chandaran, the seventh suspect in Morais’ murder in 2015.
Najib said many quarters had been falsely led to believe that he was involved in Morais’ murder following claims made by Sarawak Report, adding that the Pakatan Harapan “propaganda team” was also responsible in spreading such claims.
The website had previously claimed that Morais was involved in the investigations into the 1MDB scandal.
“Does it make sense that Kevin is the sole victim and many others who had been investigating are still alive?” asked Najib, adding that Ravi had been making a series of claims in court about being offered money from various people to confess to the murder.
He said none of the other accused had made such a claim.
Ravi had previously accused fellow accused Dr R Kunaseegaran, as well as Morais’ younger brother Richard Morais, of offering him a bribe to confess to the killing.
“The accusation by the seventh accused is preposterous,” Najib said.
He said Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief Mohd Shukri Abdull had also dismissed suggestions that Morais’ murder had anything to do with the 1MDB investigation.
“This has clearly called Sarawak Report’s lies,” he added.