Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak’s downfall can be attributed to several factors, including his misappropriation of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd, criminal breach of trust, and money laundering and self-sabotage.
During his final appeal, he had no representation, leading to claims of injustice. The problems were caused by his lawyers who attempted to dismiss themselves instead of representing Najib. That was self-sabotage, they say.
His wife, Rosmah Mansor, has also been found guilty of corruption. Najib is still facing several other criminal charges linked to the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund.
Judge Vernon Ong noted his lack of remorse, and despite his faults, Najib requested a royal pardon in September 2022, indicating that he may not be taking full responsibility for his actions.
Losing After Self-sabotage
Najib’s application for a review by the Federal Court of his conviction and sentence in the SRC International was dismissed by a 4-1 majority when Justices Vernon Ong, Rhodzariah Bujang, Nordin Hassan and Abu Bakar Jais ruled to dismiss his motion.
List of Najib Razak’s Faults:
Misappropriation of Funds: Najib Razak was found guilty of misappropriating RM42 million from SRC International Sdn Bhd, which resulted in his imprisonment.
Criminal Breach of Trust: Najib was found guilty of criminal breach of trust, which involved diverting funds from 1MDB to his personal accounts.
Money Laundering: Najib was found guilty of money laundering, which involved moving money out of 1MDB and into his personal accounts.
Lack of Representation: During his final appeal, Najib had no representation as his lawyers attempted to discharge themselves, resulting in him claiming he is facing “injustice.” Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Abdul Rahman Sebli sided with Najib’s view on this. For others, it was Najib Razak’s self-sabotage.
Corrupt Practices: Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, has also been found guilty of corruption, and is out on bail while she appeals the conviction.
Additional Charges: Najib is still on trial for several other criminal charges linked to the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which shows a pattern of corrupt practices.
Lack of Remorse: Judge Vernon Ong noted that Najib had been “the author of his own misfortune,” which suggests that he did not show remorse for his actions.
Royal Pardon Request: Despite his faults, Najib requested a royal pardon in September 2022, which suggests that he is not fully taking responsibility for his actions.
The actions of the lawyers, the change of lawyers after he lost the case and his actions after the event are all part of what many are saying is Najib’s self-sabotage in the SRC International case.