Yesterday, 3 July, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).
Hours later, a pre-recorded video from Najib was released on his social media.
"If you are listening to this message, it means action has been taken (against me)," said Najib in a solemn tone.
The video, which was just two and a half minutes long, was posted on his Facebook and Twitter accounts. It featured a pre-recorded audio message by the politician while photos and videos of him played, accompanied by melancholic background music.
In an attempt to ask for forgiveness from Malaysians, who he said deserves the "best leadership," Najib acknowledged that he had many weaknesses just like any other human being
"Believe me, the allegations made against me and my family are not all true," he pointed out, recalling the instances when his house was continuously raided and his possessions seized.
"Let them investigate... I have not had the chance to defend myself yet," he added.
The former premier said that the top leaders in the current government will not be spared by judgment in this world or in the afterlife, as "everyone is equal under the law"
As he spoke the words, a video of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in the Palace of Justice played.
"I accept that today is the day my family and I are tested. However, 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," he said.
In ending the video, Najib said that, "I will face all the challenges with strength. After all, Allah is all-knowing, merciful and caring."