Mahathir’s obsession in sending Najib to jail
AATHI SHANKAR, NTH
PRIME Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad seems hell bent to get Pekan MP Najib Razak, by hook or by crook.
Mahathir can’t forgive Najib for sure.
As the country’s 6th Prime Minister (2009 – 2018), Najib stood up against Mahathir and pushed him to the corner.
Mahathir has attacked and brought the downfall of all prime ministers while they were still in the office.
He pulled off the same trick on Datuk Seri Najib in the 14th General Election (GE14).
But not before he was sent to political wilderness, albeit momentatily by Najib’s political shrewdness.
For a while the 94-year-old nonagenarian was shaken and stirred.
Mahathir’s multiple plans to oust Najib failed to materialise.
When Najib retaliate with his own plots, a sulking Mahathir left Umno and became a political wanderer.
After much thoughts, Mahathir then decided to swallow his pride and embrace his staunch political enemies – the DAP and Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.
He was forced to work Lim Kit Siang and Anwar, much to his chagrin.
Although it irked him, it worked in GE14.
Barisan Nasional was knocked off its perch from Putrajaya, and in came Pakatan Harapan and the return of the 4th Prime Minister Mahathir as the country’s 7th Prime Minister.
Now time for revenge without any mercy and boundaries.
No one will be spared.
Trumped Up Charges?
As for now, Najib faces 42 charges of corruption, money-laundering, abuse of power and criminal breach of trust.
Rumours claim that the BN advisor could face a further 49 similar charges!
His wife Rosmah Mansor is facing 20 corruption charges while her son Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz faces 5 charges for money-laundering.
Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, former Najib’s deputy, faces a record 87 graft charges, the highest of them all and former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman faces 51 corruption charges.
Many Pakatan supporters would welcome these charges, bragging that Mahathir is cleaning up the country.
But the truth is faraway.
Mahathir wants to send Najib, his family and his friends to jail through criminal proceedings.
Based on previous 22-year premiership, many Malaysians would bet that Mahathir would have his way.
No one can try to lecture to Mahathir and supremacy of constitution, rule of law, independence of judiciary, fairplay, sovereignty of law and fair trial.
Those who knows Mahathir will acknowledge that the two-time prime minister will abuse his power and bend all rules to achieve his agenda.
Thus, no one can blame ordinary Malaysians to assume that no matter what happens at the respective trials, the judges will convict the accuseds even if there case facts and evidences tell otherwise.
Take the example of Najib’s trial pertaining to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Strong evidences have emerged that businessman Low Taek Jho, commonly known as Jho Low had collaborated with certain Ambank officers and SRC International directors to manipulate Najib’s private bank accounts presumably for money-laundering activities.
The manipulation was carried out beyond Najib’s knowledge, let alone his consent.
Transcript of BBM conversation between Jho Low and former Ambank relationship manager Joanna Yu Ging Ping confirmed this.
This particular BBM transcript evidence was not included in the pile of digital evidences that the prosecution submitted to Najib’s defence team before the start of the trial in January.
Nonetheless the transcript was part of the full report prepared by investigators from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) on BBM digital evidences obtained from communication devices seized from several Ambank officers, including Joanna Yu.
The prosecution hid the Jho Low – Joanna Yu transcript from knowledge of the court and defence because it would clear Najib from any crime.
By right, Najib should not be charged at all.
Moreover, without court testimonies from Jho Low and SRC International former CEO Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, the judge can never conclude the trial.
But hearing is going on!
This is called miscarriage of justice and mockery of rule of law, by definition travesty of the justice system.
All these are hallmarks of Mahathir’s previous regime.
Now all have returned.
Mahathir fears Najib re-emergence as a popular political leader via ‘Malu Apa Bossku’ platform.
In fact, Umno and BN now are riding on Najib’s ever growing popularity.
Many Malaysians believe that Mahathir always wanted his Mukhriz to be the next prime minister.
So presumably he doesn’t want Najib to be the stumbling block on his grand plan, hence piles of court cases.
Mahathir has always blamed Najib for the failure of Mukhriz to become Umno’s vice-president.
That’s the start of Mahathir-Najib feud.
Now Mahathir wants to avenge by sending Najib to jail forever.