Pejuang lawyer asks if there is interference so that “Merpati” Najib receives special treatment in prison

In a statement, the lawyer cast doubt on Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s alleged health issues, saying prison officials did not find any serious health issues in Najib, nor did prison staff. Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL). — Photo by Hari Anggara

By Zarah Morden

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 6:47 p.m. GMT

KUALA LUMPUR, September 21 – Pejuang Tanah Air Party Deputy Chief Lawyer Muhammad Rafique Rashid Ali today asked if there was any interference from the authorities to give special treatment to incarcerated former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

In a statement, the lawyer cast doubt on Najib’s alleged health issues, saying prison officials did not find any serious health issues in Najib, nor did staff at Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Lumpur (HKL).

“What is really going on? Why is there so much interference from superiors in this matter? Does Merpati get any special treatment because of his status?” he asked referring to Najib.

A viral post had claimed that Najib, codenamed ‘Merpati’ or ‘pigeon’ in Malay, was receiving VVIP treatment, including a renovation to be carried out in his jail cell at a cost of RM50,000, his personal doctors insisting on outside treatment for him despite prison officers finding him in good health and instructions from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob and the Ministry of Health for Najib to be admitted to Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital (HRC).

Other allegations include: a budget of RM3.5 million set aside by the Home Ministry to run Najib for eight days from September 1; orthopedic experts attended to his complaints of neck and back pain; allegations that Najib received the wrong medication; and too many instructions from “superiors”.

In addition to this, the messages claimed that Najib was brought to HKL despite stable vital signs and no illness, where he received first class service and there was a plan for his personal medical team saying that they wanted him taken to Serdang. to hospital and then to the HRC to serve his prison sentence.

The messages alleged that the reason Najib was sent to the HRC was because of the VVIP facilities and it made it easier for him to meet his family members and political allies.

None of these claims could be verified at the time of writing.

However, the Department of Prisons issued a statement yesterday following the allegations, admitting that Najib is now at HRC for further treatment and will be returned to Kajang Prison to continue serving his sentence once he is released. .

“From this issue of Merpati, it is clear that special treatment continues to be given [to Najib]said Muhammad Rafique, alluding to previously expressed concerns that Najib was being treated differently from other defendants facing cases he said were extinguished by the Federal Court.

“The right to equality or equal treatment for all citizens, whether free or in detention, cannot be different,” added Muhammad Rafique, calling on the population to remain vigilant on the issue.

Jon J. Epps