By Emma Victoria
THE votes for a change in government on May 9,2018 were once again proven not wasted when Datuk Seri Najib Razak was convicted on all seven charges yesterday.
The former prime minister was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment and fined RM210 million for abuse of power, money laundering and breach of trust.
Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen said this is the first of the many other charges against Najib in relation to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
Pakatan Harapan’s efforts have produced some results, including the proposed return of US$3.9 billion by Goldman Sachs to Malaysia, while Najib was also ordered to pay RM1.69 billion in tax arrears by the the High Court.
“If there was no change in government back in 2018, all these would not have happened,” said the Kota Sentosa assemblyman in a statement.
“Not only would the country have lost the billions, we would still have a corrupt person, the central figure of a global money-laundering scandal as our prime minister who will continue to plunder the nation’s wealth.
For that, I once again thank the people for voting for change in 2018. Your vote for change has once again seen its worth, not to mention the other reforms implemented by the PH government during its short 22 months,” he said.
Chong also thanked and congratulated the investigating and prosecuting teams in the case.
SUPP once said Najib was the best PM for Malaysia
Meanwhile, Pending assemblywoman Violet Yong has challenged Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) President Dr Sim Kui Hian to repeat his party’s stand by declaring Najib is still the best ever prime minister of Malaysia.
“Will SUPP still maintain its stand to proclaim that Najib is the best Prime Minister in Malaysia?” she questioned.
It is an undeniable fact that Dr. Sim had in many instances during the Najib’s era declared openly about SUPP’s unwavering support for the former premier to continue to lead the country.
“It is so disappointing and disheartening for the Sarawakians to know the truth that SUPP is willing to support and work with kleptocrats for their own political survival.
Since the exposure of Najib’s involvement in several cases linked to 1MDB, SUPP has been completely silent on the matter. The most disgraceful is that SUPP had also received money that is linked to 1MDB from Najib’s personal account,” she said in a statement.
Yong said SUPP was named as one of the 41 recipients in a civil forfeiture lawsuit filed by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year to recover RM270 Million linked to 1MDB.
“I demand SUPP to come clean about the money received from Najib that is linked to 1MDB in 2013. The people have the right to know whether SUPP has returned the money which doesn’t belong to the party, but the people of Malaysia. It is very irresponsible for SUPP to sweep the matter under the carpet,” she said.