At Najib’s home, calm before potential MACC storm

Loghun Kumaran
Members of the media waiting in front of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s house in Kuala Lumpur May 21, 2018. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 — Even as the hours ticked down to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's anticipated meeting with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) tomorrow, the atmosphere surrounding his Taman Duta mansion was one of calm and curiosity.

Over the past five days, the entrance to Najib's house has seen a frenzy of police, press, and curious passers-by, as the nation continues to be intrigued by the probe into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

Visitors over the past few days have ranged from Najib’s personal friends to the top echelon of his Umno political allies, some of whom have also streamed into his home.

Tonight however, the number of guests was markedly smaller.

At around 8.45pm, a small group of around 20 visitors in plain clothes were seen entering the home. Their identities were unknown, and they left around three hours later.

Najib also welcomed around a dozen of tahfiz students, believed to be brought in for Quran recitals.

And just like the past five days, a handful of curious onlookers streamed past the cordoned road leading to Najib's house, snapping photographs and pointing to the house.

Students from the Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school are pictured outside Najib’s residence in Kuala Lumpur May 21, 2018. — Picture by Hari Anggara

This continued throughout the night, despite the fact that there was nothing discernible to be seen from the road.

But as one couple put it, it was a “once in a lifetime occurrence”.

"We don't even live around here but we were passing by so we decided to take a look," said the duo, who refused to be named.

"We've been following it on Facebook Live over the past week and it's something really unique."

Tomorrow morning, Najib will have to turn up at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya to provide a statement.

Failure to do so could see him charged under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act 2009

The former prime minister is under a money-laundering probe linked to 1MDB, but has maintained his innocence throughout.

The investigation has seen raids launched on the  Prime Minister’s Office in Perdana Putra, as well as private properties linked to the Pekan MP, including the Taman Duta mansion where he and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are currently living, and two luxury condominium units at Block A and B of the Pavilion Residences in Kuala Lumpur.