Pakatan leaders denounce police raid on Najib

Police stand guard outside former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s residence in Kuala Lumpur May 16, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara
Police stand guard outside former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s residence in Kuala Lumpur May 16, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara

KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 — Three Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders today expressed concern over the police raid carried out at the mansion of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Permatang Pauh MP Nurul Izzah Anwar took to Twitter to express her displeasure, recalling the difficult time she experienced when similar action was carried out at her residence.

She also urged the police to be fair, telling them to investigate and charge Najib instead if there is sufficient evidence.

“As former victims of early dawn police raids, I must stress my disagreement in ransacking any home at such an ungodly hour. Charge, investigate, prudently. The principles of fairness and wisdom always applies,” she wrote.

Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad echoed the sentiment, adding that pre-dawn raids were a humiliation and violation of one’s rights, adding that he had once been arrested at home at 2.30am.

“I am in full agreement with Izzah on this issue. Need to investigate but no need to humiliate or transgress their rights as such. Upon completing investigations, charge. No reason to investigate until 4am. I was once taken at 2.30am,” he wrote.

Subang MP Wong Chen expressed similar misgivings, but reminded the public of the previous Barisan Nasional (BN) government’s treatment of Rafizi Ramli.

“In my CNBC live interview two days ago, I said that we must provide some dignity to Najib and Rosmah; if anything in recognition of Tun Razak’s contribution to the nation. We must prosecute fully on 1MDB but not humiliate them in the process. Due process and high legal standards must be carried out.

“However, the recent photo of Najib sleeping on his lush sofa while the police raid his many homes cannot be in any way considered a ‘humiliation’.

“In contrast, making Rafizi Ramli walk barefoot in prison garb years ago, for the ‘crime’ of speaking out against injustice, now that’s humiliation on the orders of Najib and Rosmah,” Wong wrote, cautioning the public to not get carried away by the notion of fairness.

Police are still at Najib’s home at Taman Duta here, since they began the raid last night.

They have removed boxes from the mansion, said to contain handbags, clothes and other items, but not documents.

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