PETALING JAYA: An anti-graft body said the Federal Court’s decision to affirm Najib Razak’s conviction is proof that the “arduous” tasks of whistleblowing and standing up to injustice are not without return.
The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4) also said that the conviction and sentencing was a “monumental expression of justice” for the nation.
“Najib’s sentencing has reaffirmed trust in the judicial process and has brought new optimism for a better Malaysia,” it said in a statement.
It added that the decision also served as a “striking” message that those who abused their power for self-enrichment, manipulated public institutions to conceal wrongdoing, and impoverished the public with their greed could never outrun justice.
“This judgment resoundingly reasserts the principle that no individual is above the law, not even a former prime minister.”
However, C4 expressed regret that the long legal battle leading to today’s decision was marked by numerous attempts to prolong proceedings, including multiple adjournment requests and the constant turnover of Najib’s legal counsel.
On July 28, 2020, Najib was convicted on all seven charges for abuse of power, misappropriation and money laundering involving RM42 million in funds belonging to SRC International.
He was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment and a fine of RM210 million.