Sad Rosmah, happy Malaysians as court finds Najib’s wife guilty of corruption

Artwork by Fahmi Reza/Twitter
Artwork by Fahmi Reza/Twitter

A former first lady and now a felon, Rosmah Mansor, has Malaysians celebrating her conviction on social media. 

Many of them humored through memes while others condemned her for using her gender to gain sympathy from the judge by claiming that, after the imprisonment of her husband, Najib Abdul Razak, she had to be the “man of the house”. 

Some lamented the reality that she stole from underprivileged kids and stripped them of the most basic facilities. 

Yesterday, Rosmah was found guilty of criminal breach of trust in connection with the RM1.25 billion Sarawak rural schools’ solar energy project.

She has been sentenced to 10 years on each of the three charges, to be run concurrently, and ordered to pay a fine of RM970 million (US$216 million). If she fails to pay the fine, she’ll be forced to serve an additional 10 years on each charge.

High Court Judge Mohamad Zaini Mazlan delivered the verdict yesterday. 

Malaysians also rejoiced at the thought of both, Najib and Rosmah, spending their time together. According to one tweet, the pair is “a match made in prison”. 

Last week, Najib began serving a 12-year prison term on Aug. 23 for embezzling RM42 million from 1MDB-linked company SRC International after his final appeal to overturn his guilty verdict was rejected by the Supreme Court. 

The pair’s daughter, Yana Najib, was also not spared in some of the comments. They trolled her over a post she made a few days ago about how Starbucks’ Caramel Macchiato was Najib’s favorite drink and being in jail meant he was stripped of this privilege. 

FYI, during the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) corruption trial, which is still ongoing, the public heard how RM76,200 (US$17,000) was spent on Starbucks drinks alone.

“….. You (Yana Najib) better stop being ridiculous”

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