Fans chanting the phrase “Hidup Bossku” or “long live my boss” filled the atmosphere around 9.20 am this morning at Putrajaya’s Palace of Justice, as now-prosecuted former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak showed up for his final appeal for his charge of misusing monies from SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Backers flocked to catch sight of Najib, with many wielding phones for the chance to record and photograph him. Some were even seen clad in red headbands with the term “Bossku” written on them.
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tiba pada 9.20 pagi bagi menyambung prosiding rayuan akhir atas tujuh tuduhan penyelewengan dana SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Beliau sempat bertemu penyokong yang berhimpun di sekitar Istana Kehakiman di Putrajaya. pic.twitter.com/B0sGIoSC4V
— BERNAMA TV 🇲🇾 (@BernamaTV) August 23, 2022
According to Sinar Harian, ten buses carrying supporters from Pekan arrived today to cheer on Najib, who was spotted waving to his followers as he made his way to court. One of the loyalists noted that each bus held 44 people from Pekan Umno and departed from Pahang around midnight.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the former prime minister’s case, illustrated by Malay Mail:
The Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s July 2020 ruling and prison term of 12 years as well as a RM210 million fine against Najib for misappropriating funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd, last December.
The case is now before the Federal Court, and Najib has one last opportunity to persuade the judges that his conviction and punishment are not justified.
The hearing in the country’s supreme court was timetabled to last nine days, from August 15 to August 19, and then continue following the weekend on August 23 to August 26.
Nevertheless, because Najib’s lead counsel, Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, has not filed any submissions to shield his client, there is a likelihood that judgement will be delivered today, or reserved for another day.
UPDATE: The Federal Court has reached guilty verdict with regards to Najib’s case.
Read all about it here.