Najib, Rosmah offered prison survival tips

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PORT DICKSON — PKR president-elect Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made light his previous stints in prison, saying he could now share survival tips with former leaders who may end up going there.

Among those who he said may be interested in his offer were former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor.

“I can give a briefing to those if the court decides (that they are guilty), whoever they are, be it Rosmah or Najib, on how to live and survive in prison,’’ he said in apparent jest to about 300 people at a cooking event at the Port Dickson Municipal Complex here yesterday.

The Port Dickson by-election candidate was twice imprisoned for sodomy, and was granted a royal pardon for his second conviction.

Najib is facing more than 30 counts of money laundering and breach of trust involving billions of ringgit allegedly linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), while Rosmah has been charged with 17 counts of money laundering.

Anwar said he was not broken by his imprisonment and subsequent ridicule, and remained committed to his bid to reform Malaysia.

“The (past) government can incarcerate, ridicule or strip you naked but they cannot control the emotions or feelings of an individual.

“But even the prison guards who watched over me secretly sympathised with me and even supported Keadilan (PKR),’’ he said in reference to a visit by 60 wardens from the Sg Buloh Prison last week.