"We Cannot Carry This Baggage Forever" - UMNO Sec-Gen Says About Najib

He thinks the party should focus on rebuilding itself instead.

Cover image via The Malaysian Insight/The Jakarta Post (edited)

Secretary-general of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) Tan Sri Annuar Musa thinks the party should focus on itself instead of standing by former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak

"We must continue this journey. We are not going to wait. We are not going to waste our time defending Najib," Annuar told The Malaysian Insight in an interview yesterday, 8 August. 

"We in UMNO cannot carry this baggage forever... it is entirely his (Najib) responsibility," Annuar added, in reference to Najib's charges.

Annuar spoke to The Malaysian Insight in an exclusive interview yesterday, 8 August.

Image via The Malaysian Insight/YouTube

Annuar's statement came hours after Najib was charged with three counts of money-laundering at the Kuala Lumpur Court Complex yesterday.

The former Prime Minister now faces seven charges in total for the SRC International Bhd case, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). 

Titiwangsa UMNO division chief Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani also shared Annuar's sentiment about Najib

Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani

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Free Malaysia Today reported Johari as questioning Najib's prominence during the campaign period for the recent Sungai Kandis by-election.

The division chief added that with Najib's corruption charges, putting him at the forefront of by-election campaigning would create a negative perception towards UMNO.

"The past president's (Najib) era is history. If UMNO doesn't change and defend its legacy — the cause of our rejection in GE14 (14th General Election) — then it is possible that UMNO too will become history," Johari was quoted as saying by theSun

Nonetheless, UMNO president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reiterated that Najib still deserves to be respected

Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi

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"If a friend was previously rich and is now poor, or if he was in power and now no more, I think he should still be respected," Ahmad Zahid was quoted as saying by theSun at the parliament lobby yesterday.

He added that one should not step on another's head when he is at his lowest.

"We should be more considerate, even if we are not in favour of decisions made by that person," the UMNO president said.

You can listen to Annuar's statement in full here:

In other news, Annuar recently called the by-elections in Sungai Kandis and Balakong due to the deaths of their Members of Parliament "gifts from God":

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