Najib cries foul over unfair coverage of his trial

Former prime minister Najib Razak.

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Najib Razak today cried foul over unfair coverage of his ongoing court case.

In a Facebook post today, Najib voiced concern over news reports published by “government-controlled media” on his case, and shared the link to a petition urging the government calling for live coverage. The petition has gathered 50,000 signatures.

“I am worried that these reports do not paint an accurate picture to the rakyat,” he said. “The rakyat deserve transparency and to know the truth.”

He urged the government to provide live coverage, “whether through Facebook Live or YouTube”.

His comment came as Kuala Lumpur police said an initial investigation paper had been opened into the posting of a video recording of the court hearing. A first information report would be lodged to facilitate investigations, as no member of the police had come forward to make a report, said KL police chief Mazlan Lazim.

Najib’s posting did not specify which part of media coverage he felt to be unfair. However, it is understood that he was referring to news reports which stated that it cost more than RM200,000 to build a wardrobe and pantry at his house.

This was revealed by Zulkarnain Mohamad, an interior design company owner, during the ongoing trial.

Yesterday, a two-minute video entitled ‘Hari kelima perbicaraan Datuk Seri Najib’ (Fifth day of Datuk Najib’s trial) was posted on Facebook reportedly by Najib’s former special officer, Isham Jalil. It showed Najib’s counsel, Shafee Abdullah, questioning a witness.

It was learnt that the recording was uploaded yesterday and had been viewed more than 227,000 times, shared by more than 3,700 Facebook accounts and received more than 1,900 comments.

Najib faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, one charge of abusing his position and three counts of money laundering over SRC International Sdn Bhd funds amounting to RM42 million.

The trial resumes on Monday.