Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has a chat with Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Johor Umno Liaison Hall in Johor Baru February 24, 2022. — Picture by Hari Anggara
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 17 — Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today threw his full weight behind convicted Datuk Seri Najib Razak in his final appeal to the Federal Court to stay out of jail after being found guilty of multiple abuses of SRC International Sdn Bhd’s RM42 million funds.
The Bagan Datuk MP urged the rest of their party colleagues to also fully support the former prime minister, after several Umno insiders allegedly criticised senior leaders for keeping quiet about the Federal Court decisions to reject Najib’s bid to adduce new evidence and seek a postponement in hearing his last appeal.
“Justice is indeed a long road. There is even an expression that there are three types of truth. Your truth, my truth and the truth. Truth Is God’s Word.
“Let us continue to be united, in solidarity with Najib. Do not give up. Be patient and keep fighting with us,” Zahid said in a Facebook entry this morning.
Heaping praises on Najib, Zahid said his party predecessor has contributed much to Umno and the Barisan Nasional government and continues to thwart Pakatan Harapan’s repeated attempts to “bury” their party.
Pointing to social media posts favourable to Umno, Zahid said these also showed Najib’s sphere of influence.
Yesterday, a five-judge panel in Federal Court unanimously dismissed Najib’s legal team’s request to postpone hearing his final appeal against his conviction of misappropriating funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd.
The conviction would send the scandal-tainted former prime minister Najib to prison for 12 years and pay a RM210 million fine.
Najib had been found guilty of one count of abuse of power, three counts of criminal breach of trust, and three counts of money laundering by the High Court in July 2020.