Government should give Najib the best medical treatment while in imprisonment, a right which should be extended to all prisoners

I fully agree with Najib Razak’s daughter, Nooryana Najwa, and call on the government to give Najib Razak the best medical treatment while in imprisonment, a right which should be extended to all prisoners in Malaysia.

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri, has ordered the Health Ministry to give Najib the best treatment required.

The Health Director-General Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah has denied that Najib was seriously ill.

He said Najib was admitted to the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital (HKL) on Friday September 9, 2022, as an elective case to ensure that his health is in “good and optimum condition,” screening and tests were conducted by senior experts who are heads of their respective clinics and that the HKL management had also held a family conference twice with the former prime minister and his family members.

The experts had unanimously agreed that he could be discharged from HKL.

I believe the health director-general and the KL General Hospital experts than dramatic story of Najib being transformed from the healthiest Prime Minister, an “BOSSku” who kept himself fit and trim to suddenly becoming a patient at death’s door who received poor medical treatment in prison – the same reason why I do not believe the Najib propagandists and cybertroopers who claimed that Najib is being jailed because there is no rule of law and independent judiciary in Malaysia.

It would appear that Najib and his propaganists and cybertroopers had given up on defending Najib from 1MDB corruption and decided to concentrate their fire on allegations that he was denied justice by the courts.

Is this why the UMNO President, Zahid Hamidi did not appear as a witness in Najib’s trial about what he publicly said in August 2015 that he had met the wealthy Arab family who had donated the RM2.6 billion to Najib – or was it because Zahid had told a tall story about the meeting?

Furthermore, if there had been a RM2.6 billion Arab donation out of admiration for Najib’s policies, why were there no Arab witness in Najib’s trial or an Arab statement to that effect?

The decision of Najib propagandists and cybertroopers to focus on the issue of justice in the trial and Najib’s pardon, giving up on the 1MDB corruption, have focussed attention on two issues – the rule of law and the issue of pardon.

The news of the judiciary’s reference proceeding tomorrow to honour former Lord President Salleh Abas who passed away last year is most significant.

This solemn and meaningful time-honoured tradition, unique to the legal profession, is held in remembrance of departed members of the legal fraternity.

This marks the second time a reference proceeding will be held at the Palace of Justice, the first being for the late Sultan Azlan Shah on Nov 20, 2014. The ruler passed away at the age of 86 on May 28, 2014.

For nearly three decades since 1988, the judiciary was under a cloud with allegations of executive interference with the rule of law, but since 2018, the judiciary has come to play an important role for a reset of the nation’s policies to return to the nation-building principles and policies entrenched in the Constitution and Rukun Negara.

The statement by the Sultan of Selangor yesterday expressing his “solid support” of the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s statement that royal pardons cannot be meted out arbitrarily is also most significant.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad said the power to punish and pardon must not be used arbitrarily because it will be held accountable in the “afterlife”.

He said: “If the law is not implemented consistently and fairly, justice will certainly not be achieved as the philosophy behind the enactment of a law would have been tainted, and as a result, the disadvantaged party would end up being victimised by those in power.”

It is in keeping with this heightened sense of justice that the Sultan of Selangor has stripped Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor of titles in the state.

It is noteworthy that there has no comment from UMNO quarters to the observation of an UMNO-watcher: “In the early days of Umno, it would be difficult to find a millionaire among Umno division leaders. After over six decades of Independence, it would be difficult to find an Umno division leader who is not a millionaire.”

Is UMNO incapable of reverting to the spirit and sacrifice of its early decades where UMNO leaders would be the first to denounce corruption and financial scandals like the 1MDB scandal?

Lim Kit Siang MP for Iskandar Puteri