PETALING JAYA: Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has called for calm after former prime minister Najib Razak was found guilty today of all seven counts of corruption in connection with RM42 million belonging to SRC International.
He said although he was saddened by the verdict, he accepted the Kuala Lumpur High Court’s decision.
“I call on all party leaders of various levels and party members as well as supporters to stay calm. We believe that Najib still has room to obtain justice through the legal process,” he said in a Facebook post.
Umno Supreme Council member Abdul Rahman Dahlan earlier said Najib’s reputation as a leader will not be diminished despite the court ruling, drawing comparisons with PKR president Anwar Ibrahim, who was jailed twice.
Another Supreme Council member, Mohd Puad Zarkashi, said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin will be more “happy” with the verdict than Dr Mahathir Mohamad, one of Najib’s most vocal critics.
Najib is the first former prime minister to be tried and convicted on criminal charges for actions taken while in office.
He was charged in 2018 with three counts of criminal breach of trust, three counts of money laundering and one count of abuse of power soon after his Barisan Nasional government lost federal power to Pakatan Harapan.