The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) applauds the Federal Court’s decision in upholding former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s convictions and sentences on all seven counts of abuse of power and misappropriation of funds in the SRC International case, citing that the defence “was inherently inconsistent that it fails to raised reasonable doubts”.
The judiciary is an important institution to our democracy; it administers justice and upholds the rule of law. The Federal Court has demonstrated that it will not yield before political and public pressures, and it is being fair and just to all parties in the administration of justice.
This verdict sends a clear and strong message that corruption will not be tolerated and no one is above the law.
Bersih calls for a redoubling of efforts to combat corruption and abuse of power on all fronts to end decades of plunder by those elected to serve us. Legislative reforms such as the separation of the offices of the attorney general and the public prosecutor, the Political Financing Bill and the national anti-corruption plan or MyGovernance must be introduced immediately to ensure that our country does not slip back again to kleptocracy.
Bersih calls on all Malaysians to respect the court’s decision and unite to rid this country of the scourge of corruption once and for all.
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Last but not least, Bersih wishes to thank all Malaysians who came out in the hundreds of thousands to protest against 1MDB in Bersih 4, Bersih 5, TangkapNajib, TangkapMO1, KitaLawan and many more. – Bersih