SRC trial involving Najib affecting BN in Rantau

SRC trial involving Najib affecting BN in Rantau

RANTAU: Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin has acknowledged that the SRC International trial hearing involving former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak affectd BN’s campaign in Rantau.

He said that BN is forced to explain to the public that the trial is part of a legal process and the principle of innocent until proven otherwise.

“The timing of the trial complicates things for us in Rantau, we will not take this lightly.

“This issue (the trial) must be addressed and explained to the rakyat,” Khairy told reporters in Rantau today.

The former Umno Youth chief said this when asked if Najib’s presence in Rantau would affect BN’s campaign for Mohamad Hasan.

Najib arrived in Rantau last night, and has one more campaign event tonight.

However, the former prime minister did not address his trial when speaking to voters yesterday.

On Wednesday, Najib was put on trial over three charges of money laundering, three charges of criminal breach of trust, and one charge of abuse of power, in relation to RM42 million from SRC International, a former 1MDB subsidiary.

The seven charges are part of a total of 42 charges that have been levied against him.

On a separate matter, Khairy said BN must work harder to get non-Malay support in Rantau.

“We don’t want Mohamad’s victory to come just from one race, we want it to come from all.

“We don’t want to be seen as only getting the support of the Malays,” he said.

Khairy also spoke about Mohamad’s contribution to the non-Malay community in Rantau, highlighting his aid to Chinese and Tamil vernacular schools.

Hence, he said, there was no reason for non-Malays not to support Mohamad.

Rantau voters comprise 47 percent non-Malays.

The by-election is a four-corned fight involving Mohamad, PKR’s Dr S Streram, and independent candidates R Malar and Mohd Nor Yasin.

The seat fell vacant after the Federal Court upheld a decision to void Mohamad’s walkover win last year.

This was due to the returning officer’s move to block Streram from filing his nomination papers in the 2018 general election.

Polling day is on April 13.