Former prime minister Najib Razak has recalled his hard times enduring pressure for nearly 22 months under the previous Pakatan Harapan government.
He said it was not only him, but his family, friends and his Umno fellows were also pressured to the maximum by the authorities at that time.
He said it was the hardest time in his life, as authorities at the time, took vengeance to disrupt him and his family.
“It was indeed, a hard time for me. Try to imagine, as a prime minister, when I lost I was left with no position.
“I was pushed to the fullest to the extent that they have no mercy on me,” he was quoted as saying in an online interview with The Outlook Asia.
He said, their priority was to get their revenge, with the aim to paralyze him, family and friends in Umno.
He also claimed that Pakatan Harapan was practicing the double standard, by releasing their leaders which were already slapped with charges in court.
He said all cases related to Pakatan Harapan were released.
“When it comes to us (Barisan Nasional), they are doing everything. If we mention the rule of law, it has to be consistent.
“You can’t be picky, between BN or PH people.”
However, he said, he surrendered and faced the hardship in calm. He said he believed that the truth will prevail.
“They can do harm to me, I have my strength. I know we can overcome all these (slanders).
“I prayed for those who harm others, will receive the same. That is my principle. As a Muslim, I believe justice will win.”
Barisan Nasional administration which ruled the country for 60 years came to an end in a historical defeat, during the last 14th general election.
Najib was the then prime minister and president of Barisan Nasional at the same time.
Meanwhile, he also commented on the controversial release of his stepson Riza Aziz from his five charges of money laundering of funds linked to the 1MDB scandal.
He denied the allegations that Riza’s case was resolved quickly with the help of the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.
He said the government did not interfere in the case as it was made during the Pakatan Harapan administration.
Najib said he preferred it better if Riza continues his court case.
He said it would give a better chance and exposure for Riza to prove his innocence and uncovered the facts of the $248 million (RM1.08 billion).
“First, the fact that we need to understand is that Riza was not charged for stealing money. It (accusation) is not made under the MACC and not under the Penal Code. He was charged under the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA). It means he accepts, not steals money.
“The US Department of Justice (DOJ) did not sue Riza for stealing but instead received the money. He (Riza) receives (money) because of investment from Aabar Investment led by the UAE royal family.
“They want to invest in Riza’s film production. Aabar is a triple-A company. When it comes to investing, he (Riza) feels this is money from Aabar. No one is saying that money is linked to 1MDB, ”he said.
22nd May 2020 15:54
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