Federal Chief Justice Tunku Maimun convicted former Malaysian Prime Minister (PM) Najib Razak on all seven counts in the SRC International case on August 23, 2022, and is sentenced to immediate jail time. The Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) expresses relief for this judgment. Chief Justice Tunku Maimun maintained an impartial and non-partisan manner in handling Najib’s case, thus making a fair and neutral ruling.
With his online popularity, Najib tried to use his influence to distort the fabric of social values and downplay the act of theft. While the case was going on trial, Najib made many public speeches and set off a “Bossku” (My Boss) trend on social media. He even shamelessly asked his supporters: “Malu Apa?” (What Shame?), and became an international laughing stock. Najib’s theft and criminal breach of trust not only violated the Rukun Negara (National Principles) but sowed seeds of contempt for the blueprint of the National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023 (NACP). With Najib now imprisoned, KLSCAH believes that this will end the spotlight on the Najib “Malu Apa, Bossku?” era, and detach our citizens from its distorted and sensational values.
Former Chief Justice Tun Mohamed Raus bin Sharif has publicly stated that the judiciary as an institution should not be subservient to anyone other than the Federal Constitution. The public has long questioned whether Malaysia’s Judiciary is under the control of the Legislature, which might influence the final verdict of his trial. However, Najib’s conviction not only means that Malaysia still has an independent judicial system. It serves as a warning to all politicians – that no one in power or in opposition – should be corrupt and abusive, and that they will face the law equally if they commit crimes.
After the 2020 Sheraton Move, Malaysia has a more balanced power among the three forces; an effective check-and-balance that serves as a symbol of Malaysia’s progress towards a sound, democratic system. Despite a somewhat unsactisfactory conclusion to the trial, had Barisan Nasional (BN) not fallen during the 2018 elections, the Najib case would not have concluded this soon. This is proof that the voters’ votes have advanced the democratic process in Malaysia. Therefore, KLSCAH would like to call on all voters, to vote in the coming General Election 15 (GE15), to maximise the power of their votes, and fulfill their civic duty.