On Wednesday (15 June), former Prime Minister Najib Razak posted a Facebook live that showed him and his family having a test ride on the Putrajaya MRT which was launched yesterday (16 June).
In a separate post, Najib also posted some photographs of himself with some relatives apparently being guided on an MRT coach by officials of Prasarana, which owns and operates the MRT lines as well as the LRT and KL Monorail networks.
However, netizens were infuriated to see Najib walking freely in the public and enjoying such perks despite he had been convicted to 12 years in jail over the corruption charges about the 1MDB scandal.
“Convicted by 2 courts and yet being given this sort of treatment… is there something we the public don’t know?” said a netizen.
“So shameful. A person who stole from a mosque’s fund was beaten, but a robber who stole government assets is welcomed with open arms.” said another netizen.
Penyamun diberi penghormatan tertinggi pic.twitter.com/6wddWtqRqn— Saratuya (@kitkatmiao) June 15, 2022
Meanwhile, the MRT Corp CEO Datuk Mohd Zarif Hashim has defended the company’s decision to give Najib and his family an exclusive sneak peek into the Putrajaya MRT.
Mohd Zarif said they were given a free ride on the line a day before the launch because he asked for it on Twitter. “As you know, he actually tweeted that he loved to be on the train. We replied to the tweet,” he said.
However, he declined to comment on the backlashes on social media and said it was a “separate issue”.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, who launched the Phase 1 of the MRT Putrajaya line, told reporters that MRT Corp has a right to decide who it could invite.
“I did not want to comment on why MRT invited him. I just launch it today and the invite is MRT’s right,” he said.
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