If I had lied in this oath, Oh Allah, punish me. However, if this was slander by my political foes, punish them and those who conspire with them, Najib pledged the ‘Sumpah Mubahalah’ at the Kg Baru Mosque last night
Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has taken a “sumpah muhabalah” to solemnly swear that he did not know the RM42mil SRC International funds deposited into his personal account came from the company.
He uttered the oath after a “solat hajat” at the Masjid Jamek mosque in Kampung Baru.
“Since I was entrusted to lead Malaysia to this date, I have never agreed to the formation of SRC company in order to gain from the SRC funds for either personal or family use,” he said.
Najib also swore that he never instructed any of SRC’s directors or officials to siphon money into his personal account.
“I have never held a cabinet meeting to gain approval for a RM4 billion loan from KWAP (Retirement Fund Incorporated) with the intention of obtaining ill-gotten gains amounting to the said RM42mil,” Najib said.
“If I am deceitful, then may I be condemned upon this oath and therefore I will accept God’s wrath.”
“If these all are merely lies planned by my political rivals, then dear God, I ask upon you to punish them as well as those who have conspired with them.”
Later, in his speech to the crowd, he said the gathering was held so that justice would be served in his appeal on the SRC International case.
Najib, who arrived at the mosque at about 8.30pm, was joined by 500 other worshippers, including his wife Rosmah Mansor, his son Mohd Norashman and Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan.
“Oh! Allah… Only to you I ask and surrender,” he ended his oath.
Najib filed a final appeal in the Federal Court to set aside his conviction and 12-year prison sentence as well as a fine of RM210 million for the misappropriation of SRC’s RM42 million fund.
Earlier, the Kuala Lumpur High Court found Najib guilty of one charge of abuse of power, three counts of money laundering and three counts of criminal breach of trust on 28 July 2020.
Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali also passed the sentenced but allowed the application to be adjourned pending appeal.
On 8 December last year, the Court of Appeal rejected Najib’s Appeal application and upheld his conviction.
Many observers, even those from outside of Malaysia, have questioned the ramifications his conviction and sentence will have on the country which is facing serious economic and social upheavals. – NMH