KUALA LUMPUR (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - The wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak has told her supporters not to shed tears over his corruption suit.
"Don't ever cry. I don't want anybody to cry," Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor said on Wednesday (July 4) at the Kuala Lumpur High Court where Najib was charged with abuse of power and criminal breach of trust in an investigation over billions of dollars missing from state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
"You all are made of better stuff," she told several women clad in red tudung.
Donning a beige baju kurung with floral print, Rosmah was seen briefly in the afternoon, several hours after court proceedings had begun.
Also spotted at the court were her children, Nooryana Najwa Najib and Norashman Najib, who were there to post bail. Mohd Nizar Najib, one of Najib's children from his first marriage to Tengku Puteri Zainah Tengku Eskandar, was also at the courthouse to lend support.
Counsels Datuk K. Kumaraendran and Datuk Geethan Ram Vincent held watching brief for Rosmah.
Wednesday's charges relate to funds of about RM42 million (S$14.13 million) that allegedly went from SRC International, a former 1MDB unit, into Najib's personal bank account. The trial will take place from Feb 18 to 28 next year.
Rosmah had her statement recorded over the funds transfer at Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on June 5.
Meanwhile, Sin Chew Daily reported that Rosmah might be arrested by MACC and charged as well, quoting a source from the anti-graft agency.
However, the source refused to reveal when action would be taken against her.