An NGO today presented a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong asking the king to pardon Najib Razak and to appoint him as interim prime minister to resolve the country’s state of crisis.
Syed Muhammad Imran Syed Abdul Aziz, chairman of Persatuan Sahabat Ulul Amri Malaysia, said Najib had proven well able to govern the country.
“I suggest that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong give Najib a royal pardon from any court action, whether ongoing or for which he has already been convicted,” he said in a statement today.
He added that Najib’s leadership had been proven during his former administration of the country.
“In my opinion, Najib did a good job throughout his tenure as the sixth prime minister,” he said.
“He managed the economy well and brought the good name of Malaysia to the international stage.”
Najib replaced Abdullah Badawi in 2009 after the latter was forced to resign following Umno’s general election setback a year earlier.
He held the position until May 9, 2018 when his Barisan Nasional coalition was toppled at the 14th general election.
On July 28 last year, Najib was convicted of seven counts of criminal breach of trust, abuse of power and money laundering by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in relation to RM42 million in funds from SRC International.
He was sentenced to 12 years in jail and fined RM210 million.
He is currently appealing against both conviction and sentence.