Put country and people before politics: Nazir Razak

Last week, Mr Nazir Razak (above) posted this image (left) on his Instagram account, saying that "Malaysians (were) feeling truth-deprived".
Last week, Mr Nazir Razak posted this image (above) on his Instagram account, saying that "Malaysians (were) feeling truth-deprived".PHOTO: INSTAGRAM/NAZIR.RAZAK
Last week, Mr Nazir Razak (above) posted this image (left) on his Instagram account, saying that "Malaysians (were) feeling truth-deprived".
Last week, Mr Nazir Razak (above) posted this image on his Instagram account, saying that "Malaysians (were) feeling truth-deprived".PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

PETALING JAYA • In the darkest of political times, we must remember to place the country and rakyat (people) first, prominent banker Nazir Razak said in a message posted on his Instagram account.

The message accompanied a picture of the National Monument that the CIMB Group chairman posted late on Sunday.

It read: "They gave their lives so we could build a nation. In this darkest of political times we must remember to place the country & the rakyat first. Not personal interests, not personal loyalties, not even party politics."

The National Monument honours those who died in the country's struggle for freedom.

Datuk Seri Nazir, who is Prime Minister Najib Razak's younger brother, has become increasingly outspoken, especially about the troubled state investment agency, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Last week, Mr Nazir posted an image of a signboard bearing the words "Truth. Next exit" on his Instagram account.

The accompanying caption read: "I hope so. Our institutions must get us there quickly. Malaysians feeling truth-deprived - depressing and divisive. After truth we can find reconciliation."

In May, he slammed 1MDB's top executives for failing to turn up for a hearing before the bipartisan Public Accounts Committee that is conducting its own probe into 1MDB.

Mr Nazir also previously questioned the state investment agency's lateness in beginning its March 2015 audit.

In the latest twist to the 1MDB saga, a Wall Street Journal report last Friday alleged that US$700 million (S$940 million) of 1MDB's funds had been wired into Datuk Seri Najib's personal accounts.

The Prime Minister denied the report and is considering whether to take legal action .

Two weeks ago, local media reported that Mr Nazir was planning to set up a new non-governmental organisation with "like-minded friends" such as Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, chief executive of Global Movement of Moderates, over concerns about the country's current socio- political landscape.

The Global Movement of Moderates had been set up to advance the Prime Minister's call for progressive Islamic values.

THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 07, 2015, with the headline 'Put country and people before politics: Nazir Razak'. Print Edition | Subscribe