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PM Anwar Explains King’s ‘Mercy and Compassion’ Behind Najib’s Sentence Reduction

In a comprehensive clarification, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim provided insight into King’s ‘Mercy and Compassion’ decision by the Pardons Board to reduce the jail sentence and fine of Datuk Seri Najib Razak. The reduction, Anwar stressed during the monthly assembly with the Prime Minister’s Department at Dewan De’ Seri Endon, Puspanitapuri, was attributed to the ‘mercy and compassion’ of the 16th Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah.

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Royal Discretion: A Decision of Mercy

Highlighting the significant role of royal discretion, Anwar underlined that the King engages in various constitutional matters outlined in the constitution. This includes decisions of the Pardon Board, where provisions empower His Majesty’s discretion. Anwar made it clear that the decision, characterized as an act of compassion, resulted from meticulous consideration, leaving the elaboration on the decision entirely at the discretion of His Majesty.

Appeal Rights and Public Disputes

Addressing concerns from the public, Anwar asserted that members of the Pardon Board express individual perspectives. He underscored that anyone dissatisfied with the decision has the right to appeal for further deliberation. Anwar urged those with lingering disputes to submit a memorandum to the former Agong if clarification is sought.

“The considerations made by the Pardon Board,” Anwar explained, “are based on the foundation of the appeal, considering the individual’s roles, contributions, and services.” He highlighted the option for those with ongoing disputes to submit a memorandum to the former Agong as a means of resolution.

No Halt to Reform Agenda: Justice and Governance

Dismissing any notion of a cessation of his reformation agenda on corruption, Anwar assured that his administration maintains a firm stance on governance issues. Responding to claims regarding his deputy, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, attempting to influence decisions, Anwar refuted the notion, stating, “The judicial process is ongoing, and Zahid Hamidi has made no threats regarding the Pardon Board’s decision.”

Respecting Justice: A Challenging Endeavor

Acknowledging the right of political allies or adversaries to request consideration, Anwar stressed the importance of respecting the principles of justice and its processes. He concluded, “It’s easy to discuss but challenging to implement. This is the essence, whether one aspires to be a leader or not.”

In a significant development on Feb 2, the Federal Territories Pardons Board, chaired by then-Yang diPertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah, decided to reduce Najib Razak’s fine and halve his 12-year jail term. Najib is set to be released on Aug 23, 2028, after being convicted of abuse of power and criminal breach of trust related to SRC International Sdn Bhd’s funds. The 1MDB-related charges against Najib are still pending.

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