PUTRAJAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An Umno supreme council member said he will lead a protest on Tuesday evening (June 3) in front of the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission headquarters to show its support for ex-premier Najib Razak.
Datuk Seri Najib was arrested earlier on Tuesday, and is expected to be charged on Wednesday morning over the 1MDB scandal.
Said the Umno leader, Datuk Lokman Adam, who heads the non-governmental organisation Pemantau Malaysia Baru: "I urge all Malaysians. Let us state our protest against the victimisation of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak."
Mr Lokman was the former Finance Ministry's strategic communications director, a ministry led by Mr Najib.
Mr Lokman said the gathering will be held from 9pm to 11pm.
Mr Najib is being held at the MACC headquarters in Putrajaya, Malaysia's administrative capital.
More than 50 people gathered at the building for the protest, New Straits Times reported on Tuesday evening.
Meanwhile, the chief of Umno Women's wing Datuk Noraini Ahmad asked her wing members to hold special mass prayers for their former chief at all the party's 191 divisions across the country. She said they should "pray for the safety" of Mr Najib and for him to receive due justice.
She said in a media statement that the ex-PM had made many contributions to the nation.
Mr Najib has said no 1MDB funds were stolen and that the the US$700 million (S$944 million) found in his personal account in 2013 was a donation from Saudi royalty.
The United States Department of Justice has alleged in civil suits that some US$4.5 billion were misappropriated from 1MBD.