Dr M: I'm not going to torture people, will treat them decently

Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
Mahathir refuted claims that the raid was uncalled for, stating that his administration will treat everyone 'decently'. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

PETALING JAYA, May 17 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today defended the raid on Datuk Seri Najib Razak's home late last night on the eve of Ramadan, saying authorities have enough reason to do so.

“Police have enough reason to raid Najib’s home. That is their job. I do not have more information.

“It is their job to investigate all criminal cases. If there is a case they will take action,” Dr Mahathir told reporters at a news conference here.

Dr Mahathir also refuted claims that the raid was uncalled for, stating that his administration will treat everyone “decently.”

“I am not going to torture people, I will treat them decently,” he added.

Police have cordoned off the roads leading to Najib’s private house in the upscale neighbourhood of Taman Duta here since Sunday.

Investigators who are part of special police taskforce probing the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal also entered the property last night about 8pm and have confiscated several items, including handbags and clothing.

Najib’s lawyer Datuk Harpal Singh, who was also present at the house during the search, told reporters that investigators were combing every inch of the sizeable property.

Dr Mahathir has repeatedly made it clear that he nor his Pakatan Harapan administration will take revenge on Najib, but will follow the rule of law to restore order in the government and its institutions.