Tuesday, January 25, 2022

A show of loyalty for Najib

Supporters of the former prime minister gather in a show of solidarity outside the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya where a three-man panel of judges upheld his conviction and sentence for seven criminal charges related to SRC International.

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More officers and officials from the health ministry stand outside the court to ensure that all health SOPs are in place.

Deputy public prosecutor V Sithambaram waves to reporters as he arrives for the Court of Appeal’s verdict.

Outside, a crowd of supporters, some wearing shirts and headbands with his name and picture, gather to await the court verdict on Najib’s appeal.

A group of women wearing headbands that read ‘Bebas Bossku’ or ‘Free Bossku’ – the moniker that became part of his image makeover after his fall from power in 2018 – sit on the steps outside the court complex.

Some have come from as far as Terengganu and Kedah to show their support for the former prime minister who was convicted last year of criminal breach of trust, money laundering and abuse of power.

A woman wearing a ‘Bossku’ headband smiles as she waits for the court’s verdict on Najib’s appeal.

A short distance away, some men gather to wait as well, one wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with Najib’s picture.

A supporter wears a headband expressing solidarity with Najib.

A man wearing a T-shirt with a prayer for Najib printed on the back passes by a group of women outside the court.

Another wears a shirt which reads: ‘Justice for Najib’.

As they wait, some speak to reporters about their hope that the Court of Appeal will release the former prime minister from his conviction and sentence.

Armed with hats and fans, Najib’s supporters wait patiently to learn the court’s verdict.

Some men wearing white baju Melayu sit on the court steps to chat as they wait.

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