Interview of the Year: Malaysia: Najib Speaks – 101 East
Interview of the Year: Malaysia: Najib Speaks – 101 East

The interview by Mary Ann Jolley in the 101 East Al Jazeera English programme titled Malaysia: Najib Speaks won the award beating two others – privacy campaigner Max Mosley for Channel 4, and British singer Sir Cliff Richard for ITV.

The interview by Mary Ann Jolley in the 101 East Al Jazeera English programme titled Malaysia: Najib Speaks won the award, beating two others – privacy campaigner Max Mosley for Channel 4, and British singer Sir Cliff Richard for ITV.

If it sounds odd, it definitely is. The interview of a foreign prime minister in an alleged scandal over more “demure” contenders would have definitely stood out.

Mary Ann Jolley isn’t new to scandals. Her “hard hitting” style is completely backed by her lack of facts. For example, she completely believes Najib Razak’s involvement with murdered Mongolian translator, Altantuya. It did not matter to her that to date, the police have not found any evidence linking the former prime minister to the model.

Royal Malaysian Police have since have said that there was no evidence linking Najib Razak to any of the high profile murders. Najib had ordered his aide to make a police report last year over the murders of Altantuya Shaariibuu, Kevin Morais, Hussan Najadi, Teoh Beng Hock dan Ahmad Sarbani, something Mary Ann Jolley had asked why he had not done.

“In fact, she persisted with the Altantuya issue and 1MDB, which is under due process in the courts, and she interrupted me while I was answering (her questions) numerous times to associate Jho Low with me, even though I had answered about Jho Low’s role when we started the interview.

“That was why I took the decision to stop the interview, because it did not follow what had been agreed upon, and it was not fair to me,” he said.

According to Najib, he did not want Al-Jazeera to continue to slander him on those two issues.

Najib, in the interview, said he had entirely been cleared by the legal process, and that even the Inspector-General of Police at that time testified and verified that he was not involved in those cases.

“Despite being more than 10 years ago, many still believe that the explosives used in the case was a C4 military grade explosive,” he said, adding that forensics investigators had previously said that the materials found at the scene was not C4 but PETN and RDX explosives.

The Al-Jazeera 101 East exclusive interview became a hot topic after the former Prime Minister walked out of the interview upon losing his cool with Jolley who repeatedly asked questions relating to 1MDB, businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, and the Altantuya murder case.

The interview was by no means of quality, with shoddy biased preparation and it was relentless. In fact, the Al-Jazeera interview is one of many reasons for Najib’s surge in popularity over the past year worrying many in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

If it sounds odd, it definitely is. The interview of a foreign prime minister in an alleged scandal over more “demure” contenders would have definitely stood out.

Mary Ann Jolley isn’t new to scandals. Her “hard hitting” style is completely backed by her lack of facts. For example, she completely believes in her link that Najib Razak’s involvement with murdered Mongolian translator to Najib Razak. It did not matter to her that to date the police have not found any evidence linking the former prime minister to the model. 

Royal Malaysian Police have since have said that there was no evidence linking Najib Razak to any of the high profile murders. Najib had ordered his aide to make a police report last year over the murders of Altantuya Shaariibuu, Kevin Morais, Hussan Najadi, Teoh Beng Hock dan Ahmad Sarbani, something Mary Ann Jolley had asked why he had not done.

“In fact, she persisted with the Altantuya issue and 1MDB, which is under due process in the courts, and she interrupted me while I was answering (her questions) numerous times to associate Jho Low with me, even though I had answered about Jho Low’s role when we started the interview.”

“That was why I took the decision to stop the interview, because it did not follow what had been agreed upon, and it was not fair to me,” he said.

According to Najib, he did not want the Al-Jazeera to continue to slander him on those two issues.

Najib, in the interview, said he had entirely been cleared by the legal process, and that even the Inspector-General of Police at the time testified and verified that he was not involved in those cases.

“Despite being more than 10 years ago, many still believe that the explosives used in the case was a C4 military grade explosive,” he said, adding that forensics investigators had previously said that the materials found at the scene was not C4 but PETN and RDX explosives.

The Al-Jazeera 101 East exclusive interview became a hot topic after the former Prime Minister walked out of the interview upon losing his cool with Jolley who repeatedly asked questions relating to 1MDB, businessman Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, and the Altantuya murder case.

The interview was by no means of quality, with shoddy biased preparation and relentless. In fact the Al-Jazeera interviewis one of many reasons for Najib’s surge in popularity over the past year worrying many in the Pakatan Harapan coalition. 

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