Najib releases pre-recorded video message after his arrest, says not all accusations are true
His daughter is pleading with fellow Malaysians to think of her father this one time.
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak released a pre-recorded video message proclaiming his innocence hours after his arrest on Tuesday, July 3.
The video was posted on his Facebook page and featured a melancholic-sounding score.
It showed multiple pictures of him in deep prayer:
As well as being hounded by the press:
And him slumped in his couch, exhausted from the investigations and raids at his private residence.
He said that while it was true that he was investigated, the accusations made against him “not entirely true”.
This is his message in full (translation via Malaysiakini):
To the Malaysian people,
If you are hearing this message, that means action has been taken against me.
I would like to apologise to Malaysians. Malaysians deserve the best leadership.
I have done my best, but I am aware that it is not enough as there were many weaknesses.
However, I would like to express what is in my heart to my beloved Malaysians.
Yes, I am not perfect, as any normal person. However, believe me, that the accusations against me are not entirely true.
It is true that my home was raided for a number of days. It is true that I was investigated and there were items that were seized.
But all these are not yet conclusive. There are many news and pictures circulated that are in the form of false rumours, spin, and slander.
Let the investigation continue. I have yet to get a chance to defend myself.
Yes, I was defeated (in the general election) and I accept the people’s decision. I am also aware that this defeat exposes me more serious accusations.
It is true that everyone is equal before the law, not only in this world but the hereafter.
No one can escape, including those who hold power in the current government and those who spread rumours to shame others.
I accept that today is the time my family and I are tested. But I am grateful as not everyone has the chance to be tested in this life. We all know that it is far tougher in the afterlife.
I will be strong in facing this. After all, Allah is all-knowing, merciful and caring.
Daughter’s plea to M’sians
His daughter, Nooryana Najwa Najib, has also taken to Instagram and asked Malaysians to think of her father following his arrest.
She said that “you can paint a man black but Allah knows”, and that “if it can happen to our leaders, it can happen to anyone of us”.
No one is as kind, loving and gentle as this man. He has more emotional and mental strength than all of us put together. Even in the face of adversity today, he smiled, laughed and gave us all a hug…worried more for the family than himself. For 42 years, he thinks of the “rakyat” when he wakes up from sleep until he goes to bed. Let’s just think of him this one time when he needs us the most. You can paint a man black but Allah knows. If it can happen to our leaders, it can happen to anyone of us…nevertheless we believe Allah is not sleeping. #freenajib #respectcivilliberties #thestruggleisreal #pray4dsn
Najib is expected to be charged at 8.30am on Wednesday, July 4, with multiple charges.
You can view his video message here:
Top image via Najib/FB