Lawyer reminds ‘unemployed’ Najib that he’s still being paid to be MP

Justin Ong
Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks to Malay Mail during an interview inside his private residence in Kuala Lumpur May 19, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, May 20 — Lawyer Syahredzan Johan pointed out to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today that he remains salaried as the Member of Parliament for Pekan, Pahang where he is currently visiting.

Commenting on an aggregated report of Malay Mail’s exclusive interview yesterday with Najib, he criticised the former PM’s claim of being jobless.

“Datuk Seri still gets a salary as the Pekan MP. Please do not liken yourself to those who are truly jobless. That is insulting,” he wrote on Twitter.

During the interview yesterday, Najib asserted that he was jobless when asked what his days were now like, after he led Barisan Nasional to its first and only general election defeat.

He said he would periodically issue his views on the country’s direction, but asked to be given time to “sort out [his] personal side first.”

Najib’s mansion in Taman Duta here has been repeatedly visited by commercial crime investigators searching for evidence in a money-laundering investigation linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said he expects to charge Najib over the 1MDB corruption scandal soon.