Despite the Home Ministry and the Prison Department constantly denying allegations that the former prime minister Najib Razak was given preferential treatment in prison, such claims continue to surface online.
On Wednesday (21 September), Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang took to his blog to question the authorities if the ‘merpati‘ social media posts are true.
“The ‘merpati‘ social media post had been in circulation for the last two days and it is most unlikely that the authorities are unaware of it.”
“The authorities in the Home Ministry and the Prison Department should realise that 24 hours is a very long time in the era of social media, let alone 48 hours.”
“In the circumstances, the question becomes even more pertinent as to why the Home Ministry and the Prisons Department are keeping a “thunderous silence”,” Lim said.
Earlier, an anonymous Twitter user made a claim that Najib is given a codename called ‘merpati‘ and will be given privileges such as a renovation for his cell in the Kajang Prison complex, plans to allow him to receive treatment at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (CRH), to allow more access to visitors and enjoy VVIP facilities at the hospital.
Lim also mentioned that PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli and ex-Kajang Prison inmate Datuk Mahfuz Omar of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) had also sought clarification over the alleged preferential treatment afforded to Najib.
Meanwhile, Lim’s son, Lim Guan Eng has also called on the government to respond to the allegations that are circulating on social media.
“We don’t know whether the allegation is true or not but the authorities must answer it. There have always been new postings on his Facebook and we know that the account’s admin must have crafted it,” junior Lim was quoted as saying by Utusan.
At the same time, Bagan MP, Pejuang deputy president Datuk Marzuki Yahya said Najib should be given equal treatment as the other prisoners after he was found guilty of his crimes.
Marzuki noted that his Facebook page has remained active to date, and he believes that it wasn’t him who did the postings but his social media team.
Meanwhile, Najib is currently being treated at CRH after being referred to by Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) last Monday (19 September).