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Najib Urges Bersih to Engage in Dialogue Amidst Potential Protests

Amidst discussions of potential protests over his reduced prison sentence, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has extended an invitation to the electoral watchdog group Bersih for an open forum. Najib took to Facebook to propose this alternative, suggesting that Bersih clarify their opposition to the Pardons Board’s decision, which led to the reduction of his jail term. He emphasized the importance of dialogue in understanding each other’s perspectives before resorting to protests.

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Bersih’s Consideration of Protests:

Reports indicate that Bersih chairman Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz had entertained the idea of organizing a protest against the Pardons Board’s decision during a recent meeting. While expressing a leaning towards a protest, Muhammad Faisal stressed the need to build momentum and garner support from various civil society groups, student organizations, and youth movements.

Decision by the Pardons Board:

The Federal Territories Pardons Board, chaired by the former Yang diPertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, made the decision on February 2nd to reduce Najib’s 12-year jail term to six years, along with a reduction in his fine. This decision, which also affects Najib’s release date, sparked discussions and potential actions from various quarters.

Attribution of Decision:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim attributed the reduction in Najib’s sentence to the “mercy and compassion” of Al-Sultan Abdullah. This decision comes after Najib’s conviction on charges related to the misappropriation of funds from SRC International Sdn Bhd, which included abuse of power, criminal breach of trust, and misuse of funds amounting to RM42 million. Alongside his prison sentence, Najib was also fined RM210 million.

Awaiting Response and Constructive Engagement:

As Najib extends the invitation to dialogue amidst discussions of potential protests, the public eagerly awaits Bersih’s response. This presents an opportunity for constructive engagement between the former prime minister and the electoral watchdog, potentially fostering understanding and resolution amid differing perspectives.

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