Amid the ongoing trials of the SRC International corruption case, former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak swore an oath (sumpah laknat) at Kampung Baru Mosque to deny that he was involved in the misappropriation of SRC funds.
In his oath, Najib said he did not know how the RM42 million, that came from SRC, was deposited into his personal account, whether directly or indirectly.
He added that it was never his intention to set up SRC to channel funds to himself or his family’s use, nor has he instructed any board member or officers from SRC to misappropriate any SRC funds into his bank account for whatever reason
“I had never been involved in a Cabinet meeting to approve government guarantees for Kumpulan Wang Persaraan Diperbadankan (KWAP) loans amounting to RM4 billion to SRC for me to acquire illegal gains amounting to RM42 million,” he was quoted as saying by The Vibes.
“If I am deceitful, then may I be condemned upon this oath and therefore I will accept God’s wrath.”
“If these all are merely lies planned by my political rivals, then dear God, I ask upon you to punish them as well as those who are complicit and colluding with them.”
Last week, Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who leads a five-member Federal Court bench announced that the panel unanimous rejected applications from the defence to adduce new evidence and to postpone the hearing, both of which were denied.
Najib said the oath was taken to clear his name and his family from their alleged involvement in the SRC case.
He was joined by 500 other worshippers, including his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, his son Mohd Norashman, and UMNO secretary-general Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan as they witness the ceremony on Sunday (21 August) night.
The former prime minister also hope that justice would prevail in his appeal on the SRC case.
What Malaysians think?
On Twitter, Malaysians were not impressed by Najib’s move and said he is once again deceiving the public with this.
“It’s all drama, just to paint the narrative that he is honest and innocent in the eyes of Najibian fanatics,” a netizen said.
“And this is how he’s making a mockery of the religion,” another netizen said.
Meanwhile, a netizen pointed out that the ‘sumpah laknat’ is not a valid testimony in the eyes of the Federal Court and this is only a cheap stunt for Malays. “Najib for one never truly believes every word he utters in his sumpah laknat,” he added.
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