Convicted Najib wants to clear his name before seeking government role

by | Sep 20, 2021 | NATIONAL, NEWS | 0 comments

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak wants a government position although he has been convicted on corruption charges.

The two-term former prime minister was charged with numerous corruption charges during the Pakatan Harapan administration. He was then convicted and sentenced to 12 years in jail for misappropriation of money from the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

However, Najib has defended that he is innocent and the verdict handed was politically motivated.

Even though other entities and individuals involved have admitted guilt or paid massive fines and settlements, the Pekan Member of Parliament said he can clear his name of all guilt. He said that he will be able to challenge his conviction as it is subject to interpretation.

“It depends on interpretation in terms of the law, the Constitution and whatever happens in the court proceedings,” he added.

Najib claimed that a discussion was held with prime minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob if there is a role for him in the government.

He believes that with UMNO there is a ‘temporary political stability’ but would not risk it with an early election like how Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced.

The Federal Constitution states that anyone convicted of a crime is barred from contesting in an election unless they get a pardon or reprieve from the country’s monarch.

Despite not elaborating on how he will dodge the current law, he said any politician who would want to play a role would want a seat in Parliament.

Najib Razak is currently appealing his conviction from lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.