Stop running, old mate Najmuddin tells RPK

(The Star) PETALING JAYA: A college mate of Malaysia Today editor Raja Petra Raja Kamarudin has advised him to stop running and hiding in foreign lands.

Tan Sri Megat Najmuddin Megat Khas who has known Raja Petra since their college days in Malay College Kuala Kangsar (MCKK) said the controversial editor should “come back and face the music”.

“It’s no fun running around as a fugitive. You can’t do it forever,” said the Umno disciplinary board member.

However, Megat Najmuddin, who is also the Malaysia Institute of Corporate Govern­ance president, added that the authorities should give an assurance and guarantee Raja Petra’s safety so he can come back.

“I think he’s afraid of a repeat of what had happened to Teoh Beng Hock and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

“The authority needs to treat him with civility when he comes back,” said Megat Najmuddin yesterday.

Teoh died after being questioned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission while Anwar had repeatedly alleged abuse in the hands of the police.

Megat Najmuddin added that Malaysia was Raja Petra’s country too and he needed to be a responsible citizen.

“We also want to know the truth about all the allegations (that Raja Petra had made),” he said.

Megat Najmuddin stressed that he was sincerely concerned about Raja Petra’s well-being as both go back a long time, to their days as students in the MCKK.

“So I’m talking to him as a big brother. It’s hard to live a life on the run,” he said.

On Monday, it was reported that Raja Petra was currently holed up in an apartment in London. He was previously rumoured to be in Australia.