In Reciprocal Move, Zahid Shows Support for Najib

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A handful of supporters stand by the beleaguered ex-premier.

Unlike the previous occasions former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was charged, few supporters were seen around the court complex.

Spotted at the court complex lobby were Umno supreme council member Lokman Noor Adam and about 10 supporters.

Earlier, he said in a text message that he did not expect many supporters today as he had blasted the invitation for the solidarity gathering late last night.

Arriving alone and unexpectedly at 9.01am, former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi came to the court complex in Kuala Lumpur to show solidarity with his ex-boss.

Wearing a black suit and light blue shirt, the Umno president beamed his trademark smiled, waved at reporters and told them he was there for his predecessor.

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“Yes for support. I’m giving him moral support,” he said briefly and walked in.

On Friday, Najib lent Zahid his support when the latter was charged with 45 counts of money laundering, corruption, and CBT related to his time as the home minister.

At 9.10am, Zahid and Najib’s son Ashman entered the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court 14 and took their seats at the public gallery.

Ashman was clad in a black suit and looked calm.

At 9.35am, Pasir Salak MP Tajuddin Abdul Rahman arrived alone to offer his moral support to “my friend”.

“I am here alone. My ex-boss, my friend. When your friend has a problem, what would you do? I don’t know about your culture, but my culture is like that. We value friendship. In any circumstances, we must show our sympathy,” he says.

Actress Ellie Suriaty was also spotted at the court complex in a show of support for Najib.