It is like a new year celebration today (May 9), where some politicians and lawmakers look back to see how far they have come, while those on the opposition look back to reflect what caused their downfall in the 14th General Election exactly a year ago.
Today, when former Prime Minister Datuk Sri Najib Razak was sitting in the courtroom for his trial over embezzling RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former 1MDB unit, he was spotted leafing through Barisan Nasional’s GE14 manifesto.
Malay Mail reported that Najib was holding an A4-sized BN’s GE14 manifesto pamphlet and was reading through it when the proceeding was ongoing. Najib was seen stopping on the page with a wallet illustration, a similar visual found on his website.
During that time, the 31st prosecution witness in his case, Maybank KL main branch assistant manager Halijah Abdul Wahab, was amidst testifying.
Since Najib has been spending a lot of his time in the courts, he has also been reading a lot. Najib was seen carrying Alastair Campbell’s Winners and How They Succeed today, a book that has accompanied him for the past few days.
Before entering the dock today, he was also carrying an A4-sized folder or pamphlet in the dark blue colours of BN and bearing the decimated coalition’s logo.
If a distracted Najib during his high-profile trial was not enough, he was also found to be in the contempt of court.
According to The Star, Najib whipped out his mobile phone to snap some pictures during the proceeding. Filming or photographing in a court is a punishable offence. The court police have the authority to seize the device used for recording if one is caught breaking the rule.
His camera was zoomed at the front of the court, where Halijah Abdul Wahab was on the witness stand for cross-examination.
Fortunately − or unfortunately, − the judge did not seem to have noticed. Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali was speaking directly to Najib’s lead counsel, Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, at that time.
Malay Mail also reported similarly, stating that Najib was taking a selfie from his seat in the dock. At the time of publishing this article, Najib did not have a photo of himself uploaded on his social media.
You can read about Najib’s trials in two visuals on the next page.