Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has apologised for his outburst during an interview with Al Jazeera today, explaining that he was concerned about his family at the time.
Earlier on Friday (Oct 26), the former prime minister appeared to have lost his cool during a tense interview with Al Jazeera for its ‘101 East‘ programme.
According to Malaysiakini, Najib said he was concerned for his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and sons, Norashman and Riza Aziz, who were being questioned by the police at the same time.
“Yes, there was an interview with Al Jazeera this morning which started at 10.30am which is the same time when my wife, my son and my step-son were being questioned by the police all at once.
“Although the interview went beyond our agreed schedule and beyond the scope which we had agreed on, I was happy to answer those additional questions,” he was quoted as telling Malaysiakini.
However, Najib said the interviewer Mary Ann Jolley, who previously produced a documentary on the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, had persisted on the topic.
“A topic which I had denied involvement many times over the past decade, a murder which has gone through multiple court hearings and a murder which, two weeks ago, I had asked my associate to make a formal report to the police asking them to investigate again to clear my name.
“I hope Al Jazeera takes this into account and no longer involves my name to this tragic loss of a young mother as it is simply not true that I was involved despite all the admittedly well-designed politically-motivated propaganda to link me.
“That topic, together with the concern about my family did get me worked up and I lost my cool for a moment.”
Despite that, Najib said he believes that he managed to get his views across and considers it to be a good interview.
“Although there were several occasions where Mary Ann repeatedly questioned me despite me having already answering her earlier, overall I believe I managed to get my views across as truthfully as I can.
“I consider it a good interview that can help the world understand more about the 1MDB issue from my perspective and to help clear my name.
“I wish to thank Al Jazeera for the interview and apologise if I had lost my cool. I will not hesitate to say yes should they want to interview me again,” Najib was quoted as saying.
In a press release earlier, Al Jazeera said Najib had “lost his cool” several times during the hour-long “grilling” and that the former premier was “visibly irritated” when quizzed on the notorious 22-carat pink diamond and 1MDB.
During the interview, Najib also called on investigators to probe other international figures allegedly involved in syphoning funds from the 1MDB scandal, and not just stop at Jho Low.