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No, Najib has to come to us instead - MACC

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LIVE | It has been three days since police from the Commercial Crime Investigation Department launched a simultaneous raid on six premises linked to former premier Najib Abdul Razak, including his home in Jalan Langgak Duta, Kuala Lumpur.

It is understood that police are not quite done with Najib just yet, while the MACC has summoned him to a meeting on Tuesday.

This, after a massive haul in which a staggering 72 travel suitcases filled with cash and jewellery, and hundreds of boxes containing luxury handbags were seized.

Follow our live blog as the Malaysiakini team brings you the news as it happens.

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Police order crowd to move their cars

11pm: Police officers on duty order the crowd who have been gathering down the road from former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak's house here to remove their cars away from the roadside.

"Please move all these cars parked by the roadside or else I will have to issue summons," says the officer who walks out at around 11pm, about 10 minutes after Najib was seen arriving at his house.

The officer says that there were complaints from those living around the area that the cars are blocking the road along Jalan Langgak Duta and Jalan Taman Duta.

Since around 9pm tonight, bystanders and curious onlookers have been stopping to stand around and observe the goings-on here.

Many of them were seen bringing along their children, toddlers and even babies.

While many of them look like they came from home, others appear to have dropped by after terawih prayers, while earlier there were two women spotted wearing saris.

Police search for safes in Seri Perdana unfruitful

9pm: Bernama reports that police today had spent over three hours searching Seri Perdana, which is the prime minister's official residence.

The 10-person team was believed to be searching for eight metal safes said to be on the premises.

However, when met by the media after the search, an officer merely said, "Kosong" (nothing).

MACC: No, Najib has to come to us instead

7.30pm: MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Azam Baki (photo) denies a claim by Najib's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal that the graftbusters would be questioning the former premier at his home on Tuesday.

"In the notice served to Najib yesterday, it was clearly stated that he has to go to the MACC headquarters to have his statement taken," Azam says in a statement.

Report: Chequebooks seized from Seri Perdana

6pm: Malay Mail reports that chequebooks from Affin Bank and Maybank were among the items seized during a police raid at Seri Perdana on Wednesday.

The daily said the Affin chequebook was taken from a room used by Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor, while the Maybank chequebook was found in another room used by their son Norashman.

Other items reportedly seized include two laptops, an Apple iPad, and visitor log books. Police later returned on Thursday to seize a CCTV recorder.

'Can’t expect us to leave Najib all alone' - Ismail Sabri

4pm: Bera MP Ismail Sabri Yaakob says Umno leaders merely had "small talk" with Najib and did not even discuss politics.

"He's our former boss, you can't expect us to leave him all alone," Ismail tells reporters.

Ismail also says that most of the Umno division leaders had planned to visit Najib today, when asked about the considerable number of Umno leaders who had come to visit the former prime minister today.

"We did not want to disturb the investigations in the past two to three days and decided to come today since things are looking okay," he says.

Umno leader Aziz Kaprawi, meanwhile, says that the rule of law must be followed, when he is asked whether he is worried that Najib will be arrested.

"He's innocent until proven guilty," says Aziz.

Najib's lawyer believes raids over

3.30pm: Harpal believes that the raids conducted at Najib’s residence have been completed.

“As far as we are concerned it’s all over.

“There are guards, but it’s nothing to do with the raids,” he tells reporters.

On his client who has been summoned by the MACC, Harpal confirmed that Najib will be giving his statement to the graft busters on Tuesday.

“They have kindly agreed to come here (to Najib’s house) in the late morning, but I can only confirm (the exact time) on Monday,” says Harpal.

More Umno leaders at Najib's home

2.21pm: Penang Umno leaders Reezal Naina Merican and Zainal Abidin Osman arrive at the residence.

Batu Pahat Umno division chief Puad Zarkashi arrives five minutes later.

As mentioned by Ali, more Umno division leaders are making their way to Najib’s house, with Sri Gading Umno division chief Aziz Ab Kaprawi being the latest to arrive.

'Najib, Rosmah calm and composed'

2.15pm: Both Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor are calm and composed, former Malacca menteri besar Mohd Ali Rustam and Puteri Umno chief Mas Ermieyati confirm.

“It’s Najib who is motivating us instead of us motivating him,” Ali tells reporters.

“I also met Rosmah and she looks calm in facing the situation.”

Ali also states that police seem to have ceased ransacking the place and seem to only be discussing things at the moment.

Mas Ermieyati, meanwhile, says she is happy looking at Najib’s condition.

“He seems healthy and well and is also positive.

“As a young Umno leader, I find it is hard (to emulate) his strength.”

She says Najib cited Prophet Muhammad during difficult times in comparing his predicament.

“That despite only with five friends, he (the prophet) still continued with his struggle,” she adds.

Like Ali, Mas Ermieyati says Rosmah is also in a good condition.

“We managed to talk,” she says.

Umno leaders visit Najib

12.51pm: Former Malacca chief minister Mohd Ali Rustam is stopped by reporters as he makes his way towards Najib’s residence.

Ali tells reporters that he initially planned to come at 3pm, but decided to come now after a meeting in Kuala Lumpur this morning ended earlier.

“More division chiefs will be coming later in the afternoon,” he says.

Ali also expresses hope that Najib will face his current predicament with patience.

12.30pm: Puteri Umno chief Mas Ermieyati Samsudin arrives at the residence with six other individuals.

The group is allowed in after they register themselves with the police.

Another police car has also entered Najib’s residence.

A few passers-by take stop to take photos of themselves in front of the police cordon.

11.50am: 12 individuals believed to be from the Pahang Umno division attempt to enter the residence.

They are eventually allowed to do so by the police after registering themselves at the makeshift police tent located 150 metres away from the house.

Lower police presence

10.45am: Police presence at the private residence of former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak is significantly lower than yesterday.

Compared to the at least four police cars which entered the residence yesterday, only one police car has since arrived at the house today.

Apart from the sole police car, about five cars with unidentified passengers have entered the compound.

Najib’s lawyer, Harpal Singh Grewal, has also entered the residence along with an unidentified individual.

Cash, marriage certificate in safe

9.30am: The steel safe that was opened by the police yesterday contained a small amount of old notes in foreign currency.      

According to Bernama, the safe also contained several documents including the marriage certificate of the former prime minister and Rosmah Mansor.

“It is a steel safe that is over 20 years old and was forcibly opened by locksmiths as the key has gone missing,” a Najib spokesperson was quoted as saying.

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