Najib settles remaining bail sum

KUALA LUMPUR • Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak yesterday settled the remaining RM500,000 (S$170,000) bail payment due in relation to the corruption case against him.

He was at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex accompanied by his wife Rosmah Mansor. His children, Mr Norashman and Ms Nooryana Najwa, posted bail on his behalf earlier in the morning.

His arrival at about 11.45am was greeted with chants of "Bebas Najib" (Free Najib) from dozens of supporters.

Datuk Mohd Razlan Mohamad Rafii, spokesman for the Solidariti Bersama Datuk Najib (Solidarity with Datuk Najib) group, said a total of RM490,000 had been raised from the public to settle the bail amount.

"Not only did we have donations come in from all over Malaysia but there were also donations from Singapore, Indonesia and Canada," he said.

Najib thanked his supporters. "I feel so touched by the donations from Umno members from all levels," news site Malaysiakini quoted him as saying at the court compound. Umno is the political party formerly helmed by Najib.

"This (the donations) is a sign of Umno members and ordinary citizens showing their love for a leader. It is hoped that with their prayers and blessings, my family and I will be able to successfully overcome this major challenge," he added.

Najib last Wednesday pleaded not guilty to three counts of criminal breach of trust and another charge of abuse of power involving RM42 million linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Payment of the RM1 million bail was allowed to be made in two instalments and Najib left the court complex last Wednesday after paying RM500,000, with the remainder to be paid yesterday.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 10, 2018, with the headline 'Najib settles remaining bail sum'. Print Edition | Subscribe