Muhyiddin In Court Over RM427.5 Million, Supporters Don #AbahTabah Headbands
Muhyiddin Yassin faces charges relating to corruption and money laundering.
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Another former prime minister has landed in court over abuse of power and money laundering charges.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin who is the president of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) was charged with four counts of corruption and two counts of money laundering charges at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court.
Muhyiddin stands accused of using his office or position to get gratification of over RM232.5 million from several entities, as reported by the New Straits Times.
This covers the first four counts under Section 23(1) of the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009.
As for the two counts of abuse of power, Muhyiddin, who is presently the Pagoh member of Parliament, was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
He was accused of receiving RM195 million, deemed proceeds from unlawful activities into Bersatu’s CIMB bank account.
If convicted, Muhyiddin faces an imprisonment term not exceeding 20 years and a fine of not less than five times the sum or value of the gratification received under the said offence.
Meanwhile, outside the courthouse, a group gathered to show their support for the former prime minister.
According to reports by Free Malaysia Today, an estimated 100 supporters showed up clad in white t-shirts that read “Kami Bersama Abah” and red headbands that read “#AbahTabah”.
To spice things up a little more, the Perikatan Nasional (PN) supporters also chanted “Lawan Anwar Ibrahim, Tolak PH”.
Several former ministers were also spotted mingling with the crowd as well as giving their support as seen in several viral videos online.
Datuk Seri Rina Harun, Datuk Razali Idris, Datuk Seri Faizal Azumu and Datuk Mas Ermieyati Samsudin were among the Bersatu members present at the courthouse to support Muhyiddin.
Former Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Azhar Azizan Harun was also spotted.
In a video, Rina is seen showing her support by adorning a red headband given by one of the PN supporters.
These viral videos garnered several comments from netizens.
Twitter user @leindenntweets said: “If he is found guilty these people really are baduts (clowns).”
One of the videos also showed a supporter carrying a banner titled “Kerajaan Gagal” referring to the current Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim government.
To this, Twitter user @MuhammadOthman said: “Ironically, the slogan they put in their banner ‘Kerajaan Gagal’ was popular during Muhyiddin’s leadership.”
Other netizens also voiced their disgust towards using paternal names such as “Abah” when referring to politicians.
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