Najib Razak, the convicted ex-PM of Malaysia is delivering his plea at the court.
“I oversaw massive public transport and public housing on a massive scale. Record growth for Petronas, Khazanah, Tabung Haji,” he says.
He says he ensured a more gentle society and responsible for abolishing the ISA, “something I was not given much credit for.”
He also believes he did very well as PM though a proposal to implement a more transparent system for political donations did not go through.
“But the opposition at that time did not agree.”
“As a Muslim, although I said this earlier in the trial, I did not demand for the 42 million nor was 42 million offered to me and I also had no knowledge of the 42 million.”
This is what he is saying basically at the court to defend his lawyer’s push for less heavy sentencing.
5.30pm – After both the defence and prosecution complete their submissions for mitigation, the accused Najib Abdul Razak addressed the court.
He begins with summarising his economic achievements during his tenure as prime minister.
He finished his short statement by reciting a “sumpah laknat” before declaring that he did not solicit RM42 million.
“I did not plan (the receipt of) RM42 million nor was RM42 million offered. There was no evidence or witnesses to say so.
“I had no knowledge of the RM42 million. Wallahu, Wabillahi, Watallahi,” he says.