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New govt may drop certain big cases, says Marina Mahathir

KUALA LUMPUR – The new government might “miss” some criminal cases involving top leaders, such as Najib Razak’s SRC International and 1Malaysia Development Bhd trials, said activist Marina Mahathir at an anti-Muhyiddin Yassin rally in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (Mar 1) night.

New govt may drop certain big cases, says Marina Mahathir

Marina Mahathir, who is also the daughter of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, says the new government will likely drop high-profile graft cases against its leaders.

KUALA LUMPUR – The new government might “miss” some criminal cases involving top leaders, such as Najib Razak’s SRC International and 1Malaysia Development Bhd trials, said activist Marina Mahathir at an anti-Muhyiddin Yassin rally in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday (Mar 1) night.

She said the new Perikatan Nasional government that has replaced the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration might even acquit fugitive businessman Low Teak Jho from all charges.

However, the activist said if the case is dismissed here, the US Department of Justice will still continue their investigations.

“They have so many cases against them, I think we will see them just dismissing all those cases.  

“If we see Jho Low walking again, then we know.

“Whatever it is, if they dismiss it here, that doesn’t stop the US Department of Justice,” she spoke at the rally that had attracted about 200 people.

Former prime minister Najib Razak faces 42 charges of criminal breach of trust, graft, abuse of power and money laundering in five criminal cases over 1MDB.

When met by reporters, a visibly emotional Ms Marina urged Malaysians to not give up on the country.

She also sent a message out to despondent Malaysians, saying that making a choice to leave the country was taking the easy way out.

“It’s too easy of a solution. We need to stay to fight… But it’s their choice if they want to just leave the thieves to destroy the country.

“Is our country worth saving? It is... But we need to get together to save it, just need to do it in a different way,” she said.

Asked how Dr Mahathir felt now, Ms Marina said her father is known to be calm.

“I haven’t seen him since (Sunday) morning. Well, he’s been feeling betrayed for a week. But my dad, he’s very cool.

“He doesn’t really show how he feels. He just goes to work saying, ‘we got work to do’,” she added.

Ms Marina noted that while she cannot speak for her father, she said her father came back because he loves the country.

“Let me put it this way, my father loves the country.

“He loves it with an incredible passion. The only reason why he came back is to save the country because he loves it and let nobody say anything different,” she said.

On whether Dr Mahathir would retire, Ms Marina said it was his decision.

“I leave it up to him, how he wants to continue to show how much he loves the country.

“But don’t let anyone say he does not,” she said.

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On Sunday morning, Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin took his oath of office before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah at Istana Negara.

Al-Sultan Abdullah appointed Mr Muhyiddin as the new prime minister in accordance with Articles 40(2)(a) and 43(2)(a) of the federal constitution.

Mr Muhyiddin is expected to hold talks with parties in his government on cabinet positions soon.

PAS and Umno are also in the government.

They were part of a plot to form a new government with former PH partner Bersatu, of which Mr Muhyiddin is the president.  AGENCIES

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