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Anwar asks the Pardons Board to make a decision on Najib’s proposed house arrest

Published on: Sunday April 21, 2024

By: Malaysian Post

Anwar asks the Pardons Board to make a decision on Najib's proposed house arrest

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim attends the PKR 25th Anniversary Special Convention at IDCC Shah Alam, Selangor, April 21, 2024. (Malay Mail photo)

SHAH ALAM: Whether Datuk Seri Najib Razak should serve the remainder of his SRC International Sdn Bhd sentence under house arrest instead of in prison is for the Pardons Board to decide, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today. He said this was the consensus of his unity government, even if not all parties were in favor.

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“There is criticism, including the deputy prime minister’s sworn case, and I was also attacked. “I don’t understand what the problem is. I replied: ‘This infringes on the role of the pardon council and the royal decree’. “That is the answer I gave based on conversations with the Attorney General and also information from the Sultan and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong,” Anwar, who is also PKR president, said in his speech at the special convention on the occasion of the party’s 25th anniversary here. He said while the decision may not be comfortable with parties affiliated with the unity government, or others from outside, no previous government has taken any action that exceeds the role and power of Malaysia’s rulers.

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“And we defend that and if you don’t understand the decision, you don’t deserve to be a leading political speaker and commentator. “Their agenda is only to attack (us). Our wisdom is to preserve the government, not to demolish the existing government, this includes Malaysian, Chinese and Indian public figures – issues must be addressed with wisdom and not just to meet an agenda at the cost of demolishing the existing government,” he added. .

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Last Wednesday, it was revealed that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was the critical witness who gave testimony in support of Najib’s attempt to force the federal government and the Pardons Board to issue a so-called “supplementary order” from the previous Agong. Ahmad Zahid claimed that Tengku Zafrul confirmed the existence of the order during a meeting at the former’s house in Country Heights, Kijang on January 30. In his petition, Najib claimed that the former king had issued the order for him at the January 29 board meeting. to serve the remainder of his reduced sentence under house arrest. Investment, Trade and Industry Minister Senator Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz had said on Wednesday he will apply to “correct certain factual errors” in a supporting affidavit for Najib to serve his remaining jail term at home. Tengku Zafrul responded to news of Zahid’s document citing the former prime minister as confirming the existence of an additional order from the previous Yang Di-Pertuan Agong for Najib to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.

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