On Tuesday, Najib Razak will hear the verdict on the seven charges he now faces over receiving 42 million ringgit ($9.9 million) from former 1MDB unit SRC International. These charges include criminal breach of trust, money laundering, and abuse of power. If found guilty, he goes to jail. There is a great deal of injustice in Malaysia today. There is an unacceptable abuse of political office for financial gains by politicians. There is unacceptable greed, arrogance, and that abhorrent sense of entitlement among the same political riff raffs. What is happening to Najib Razak tells us what is possible when the collective will of the people is harnessed and their voices heard by those in government. For a brief moment, the politicians elected by the Rakyat to government listened and did the Rakyats bidding. The arrest and trial of Najib Razak on those criminal charges is proof positive what a government for the people, by the people and of the people can do to make right what is wrong with Malaysia. All the talking is done. Najib’s lawyers have argued, debated, and mitigated for his deeds and misdeed. The weight of evidence against Najib Razak is overwhelming. Common sense tells me that the court will hand down a custodial sentence. Whether the carrying out of the sentence is delayed, suspended, or appealed against, one thing is certain. In the end, justice prevailed.
What message does that carry to the others of Najib’s ilk?
No one. Not the son of an ex-prime minister. Not an ex-prime minister. Not even the government of the day can do anything to stop the Court process from delivering its verdict upon Najib tomorrow. That says a lot as to where our nation today stands. There is hope for our Judiciary. There is hope that good will triumph over evil. Short and sweet…it puts the fear of God/Allah into every corrupt politician.
Today no one can escape the hangman’s noose. Next in line is Rosmah Mansor. And for these two, no matter what facade of themselves they want the public to see, it is enough that they have had to stand up in court, stripped off all their dignity and whatever shred of respects others may still have of them. Now they and they alone will have to listen to the verdict that the court will deliver on the criminal charges that they have been accused of. From the heights of opulence that they have bought for themselves with our money, from the heights of the all-powerful position that he once held as President of Umno, and as an ex-Prime Minister, Najib and Rosmah now face the real prospect of going to prison. Surely that prospect alone should make them crawl into a deep dark hole in shame and despair for what they have done in abusing the trust placed upon them by us, the rakyat?