Amid ongoing police raid, Umno man attempts to meet Najib over party’s status

Bandar Bukit Jalil Umno division chief Datuk Nur Aliff Mohammad Tafid speaks to the press after attempting to meet Najib at his home. — Picture by Loghun Kumaran
Bandar Bukit Jalil Umno division chief Datuk Nur Aliff Mohammad Tafid speaks to the press after attempting to meet Najib at his home. — Picture by Loghun Kumaran

KUALA LUMPUR, May 18 — Despite the ongoing police search, a local Umno Youth leader turned up at Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s house today to seek clarification from the latter over the party’s legal status.

Bandar Bukit Jalil Umno division chief Datuk Nur Aliff Mohammad Tafid came to Najib’s home on Jalan Langgak Duta this afternoon, after hearing rumours that the party could be made illegal soon.

Nur Aliff said he was hoping to meet Najib to get the former PM’s views on his future as well as that of 2,000 Umno youth members in Bandar Bukit Jalil.

“This morning I heard Umno was going to be made illegal, but I don’t know if this is true or not,” Nur Aliff told reporters outside Najib’s home here today.

“We don’t want to leave the party. But I came here to get Datuk Seri Najib’s opinion on whether my members and I should stay in Umno or go our separate ways.

“At the same time, I also want to express my support for him.”

Nur Aliff said he and his members had already received offers to join other parties, but refused to specify the parties.

He said police had told him that he would not been able to meet the former premier now, as investigations were still ongoing.

“I heard the best time to see him would be during sahur,” Nur Aliff said.

The Umno man said, however, that he would not be waiting outside the residence until sahur.

The simultaneous days-long search of Najib’s home on Jalan Duta, two units at the Pavilion Residences linked to him and his former office in Putrajaya began on Tuesday at 10pm.

In this morning’s raid, five Black Marias carted away 284 boxes of luxury handbags from brands like Hermes and Louis Vuitton from two units linked to Najib at the Pavilion Residences.

CCID director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh, who headed the search, said investigators also seized 72 bags of cash in various denominations, watches and jewellery.

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