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Najib PM again? God forbid it!

By P Ramakrishnan

Why should a person who plundered and looted his own country deserve a royal pardon?

Do you want him to be your PM again?

It is difficult to believe that a group of Muslims had indeed petitioned the Agong to pardon a felon like Najib Abdul Razak for his past conviction and ongoing trials. It is mind-boggling!

Why is this pardon being sought? So that Najib will become prime minister again, they said!

God forbid such insanity. A person who plundered and looted his own country does not deserve any royal pardon. Like anybody else, he must pay his due.

A person who had stolen a milk tin to feed his baby did not receive a royal pardon. This poor man – literally,  he was – had to face the wrath of the law. When billions were looted, how can that person receive a pardon, royal or otherwise?

How could these people seek such a pardon? What did the Prophet say about leaders who commit crime and betray the trust of the people?

It is a brazen request! The gall of them even to think that the Agong will entertain their petition!

Is there no place in our country for other honest people to provide leadership? Surely, we are not scraping the bottom of the barrel!

The pardon will, they rationalize, pave the way for Najib to become prime minister again – not only that; some may rationalize that it would also pave the way for more looting and plundering and rewarding for these henchmen who seek this remedy.

The chairman of this group, Pertubuhan Sahabat Ulul Amri Malaysia (PSUAM), Syed Muhammad Imran Syed Abdul Aziz, asserted:

“This is an opportunity to save Malaysia. Najib fulfils two criteria – he is trusted by His Majesty and he has experience running the country.”

What makes these people claim that Najib is trusted by His Majesty? Was there such a proclamation from the Agong in spite of Najib having been found guilty, albeit his appeal is still pending in the Court of Appeal?

Yes, he had plenty of experience – no doubt about it – but in the end who benefitted from that experience – the country or Najib himself?

How could this group be blind to the fact that Najib almost bankrupted the country? Have they forgotten that the US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions had branded him as the world’s worst kleptocrat? On 9-3-12018, the AG described what happened in Malaysia as “kleptocracy at its worst.”

Mariam Mokhtar wrote, ‘Kleptocracy is the hallmark of Malaysia’ way back on 5.10.2016.

This denigrating image of Malaysia was created by none other than Najib himself when he was prime minister. We were shamed in the eyes of the world by him and his cronies.

Stop this foolish notion of a pardon; it is undeserved.

Let’s be guided by what the Prophet said on justice:

The Messenger of God got up and delivered a speech, saying: “People before you were destroyed because when the noble among them stole, they would let him go; and if the poor and weak stole they would punish him. By God! If Fatimah, the daughter of Muhammad stole, I would cut her hand off.”

(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)

13 August 2021

P Ramakrishnan is the long-serving former president of Aliran who served three and a half decades on its executive committee, and has been with Aliran since its inception in 1977. Now an ordinary Aliran member, he continues to highlight issues of public interest to a larger audience.

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