The prestigious Royal Lake Club Kuala Lumpur has revoked disgraced and imprisoned former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s patronship.
In a sighted letter emailed to club members, club President Manjeet Singh Dhillon said that the decision had been reached during a general committee meeting conducted on 25 August.
“Pursuant to the conviction of (Najib) by the Federal Court on August 23, (Najib’s) patronship has been revoked with immediate effect,” reads the letter.
The letter also said Najib had been a patron of the club since 1 June 2011.
Checks to the website of Royal Lake Club KL revealed that apart from Najib, former Prime Ministers, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi are also patrons to the club.
On 23 August, Najib became the first former Malaysian Prime Minister to be imprisoned, following the Federal Court’s decision to uphold the High Court’s previous ruling that Najib was guilty of all seven charges in his RM42 million SRC International Sdn Bhd corruption trial.
In addition to his 12-year sentence, the five-member bench chaired by Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat also upheld the RM210 million fine imposed by the High Court on Najib.
The saga surrounding Najib’s case have led to his supporters responding with threats of bloodshed and bigger demonstrations.
On 19 August, an orchestrated social media campaign by UMNO supporters saw Tengku Maimun and Mahathir’s life threatened.
On 24 August, Syed Muhammad Imran Syed Abdul Aziz who is UMNO Branch Chief for Southern Batu Caves said that a bigger demonstration will be held at the National Palace, should no action be taken to allow Najib a royal pardon.
Apart from those from UMNO, a PKR Member of Parliament had also expressed sympathy for Najib, calling him ‘a warrior who fought till the end’.