The Umno is in a veiled crisis, testing its newly found regeneration and popularity with the ex-PM Najib Razak’s trial taking a sudden turn that has opened the eyes of some top guns within the Malay party.
And the signs are there is no turning back from the impact of the court’s cases against Najib on the party.
In 2013, Najib had RM1.9 billion in one bank account a witness at the SRC International trial says. The witness R. Uma Devi, the bank’s Jalan Raja Chulan branch manager confirms this while under cross-examination by Najib’s counsel, Harvinderjit Singh. And Najib had several bank accounts with AmIslamic Bank.
The balance of the said bank account had amounted to RM756 million in 2012 while Uma also testified on the deposit of approximately RM304 million into the account in 2011 by the Saudi finance ministry.
While it confirms Najib’s theories that the Saudis banked in money in his account, the amount is still less than the infamous RM2.6 billion.
Meanwhile the RM2.6 billion continues to haunt Najib on Twitter with Umno members debating angrily whether they should kick Najib out of the party or whether all this is only a nightmare.
so it was not a SAUDI DONATION. (He Thought It Was)!!?????????
“HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM” ????
entire country was taken for a ride ** esp UMNO Members & Supporters.
Umno has to expel him with immediate effect to save Party’s Image & it’s Integrity.
— Tan Sri Dato Dr Hj Mujeebudeen (@TSDMujeebudeen) 26 avril 2019
On Twitter, a Tan Sri Dato Dr Hj Mujeebudeen @TSDMujeebudeen says in no uncertain terms, clamouring ‘LIE EXPOSED..!!
so it was not a SAUDI DONATION. (He Thought It Was)!!????????? “HE KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE THE MONEY CAME FROM” ???? entire country was taken for a ride ** esp UMNO Members & Supporters. Umno has to expel him with immediate effect to save Party’s Image & it’s Integrity.”
And perhaps for the first time since May 2018, several other Twitter users voiced out their views that the party should kick Najib out.
The tweet from Tan Sri shows an UMNO that is divided on Najib’s future. Some users argue Najib is still innocent until proven guilty, others are attacking the Tan Sri saying he sold out to DAP or he is a ‘traitor’.
The fact remains, there is a constant number of people who are now catching up with a certain reality. They say Pakatan Harapan winning in May 2018 has divided the party, or they were wrong to carry on with Najib.
The fact is, the Umno threw itself under the bus and went in the elections last year with Najib as the leader and that cost them dearly.
Amid conspiracy theories and people saying they know more than the rest of the country about Najib or that there is a plot against him, the trial goes on.
The High Court judge in the SRC International trial dismissed the ex-PM’s attempt to quash charges, saying money laundering, CBT and abuse of power are distinct offences and there is no duplicity.
Najib argued that the cases against him were confusing and made it difficult for him to defend himself against the slew of accusations. He also argued there were defections in the charges. The judge says the criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges are not defective as an offence of money laundering and CBT charge is found to be valid following a Court of Appeal decision.
“In a case like this, the accused is charged with money laundering and CBT,” says Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.-/TISG