Najib Razak is the former Prime Minister of Malaysia who served from April 2009 to May 2018. He served as the sixth prime Minister of the country where he also was the chairman of the Barisan Nasional Coalition and the president of the United Malays National Organization.
During the period Najib held the position of prime minister, Economic liberalization policies were put into place at that period, including cutting back on government subsidies, removing restrictions on foreign investment, and getting rid of the priority given to Malays in the corporate world.
Moreover, his administration imprisoned opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after he was found guilty of sodomy, prosecuted a number of its critics on sedition charges, and enacted a Goods and Services Tax. He is now known as the convicted criminal who served as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.
The Supreme Court of Malaysia has upheld Najib Razak 12-year sentence for corruption
A 12-year prison sentence has been handed down to Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak after he lost his final appeal against a conviction tied to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal. In 2015, Najib was linked to a significant fraud scandal involving the government-owned investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which sparked protests asking for his ouster, organized by the grassroots organization Bersih.
In response to the allegations of corrupt practices, Najib tightened his hold on power by removing Muhyiddin Yassin, the deputy prime minister at the time, dismissing two publications, and forcing through the legislature the contentious National Security Council Bill, which gives the prime minister previously unheard-of authority.
Due to Najib’s multiple subsidy cuts that contributed to rising living costs as well as shifting oil prices and the consequences of the 1MDB scandal, rallies that attempted to remove Najib culminated in the Malaysian Citizens’ Declaration by Mahathir Mohamad, Pakatan Harapan, and NGOs.
He lost the 2018 general elections as a result of it, and The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, which was looking into how RM42 million i.e. US$10.6 million from SRC International, a business connected to 1MDB, flowed into Najib’s bank account, detained him on July 3, 2018.
During the course of examining his residences, the police had taken several designer accessories valued at $273 million. He was then accused of abusing his position of authority, numerous instances of criminal breach of trust, money laundering, and manipulating the 1MDB audit report.
Najib was found guilty on all seven counts of abuse of power, money laundering, and criminal breach of trust on July 28, 2020, by the High Court, making him the first Malaysian prime minister to be found guilty of corruption. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison and fined RM210 million, and on August 23, 2022, the Federal Court upheld the sentence, rejecting his final appeal. He will now begin serving his 12-year sentence.
A look at Najib Razak’s children
Najin Razak has a total of five children which he had from his two marriages. He was first married to Tengku Puteri Zainah Tengku Eskandra in 1976 and they have three kids together.
Najib’s firstborn from his first wife is Mohd Nizar Najib who was born in1978. Najib Razak works as a consultant and accountant and lives in Jalan Maktab, Kuala Lumpur. He is the eldest among his five children. Then he has another son named Nazifuddin Najib who is a well-established businessman. He is currently 39 years old. His third born from his first marriage is Puteri Norlisa Najib who is a lawyer as she was recommended in IFLR 1000 for Highly Regarded Leading Lawyer in 2018, and Leading Lawyer in Financial and Corporate in 2017.
However, he divorced his first wife in 1987 and married Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Rosmah became the wife of Malaysia’s prime minister following the appointment of her husband as Prime Minister in 2009. She uses her position as the Prime Minister’s wife to care about and support causes related to women’s affairs, sports, health, education, and early childhood.
They have two children together. He has a son named Mohd Norashman Najib and a daughter Nooryana Najwa Najib who according to her Linked profile is a management associate at Cradle funds Sdn Bhd.