KUALA LUMPUR - The infamous phrase "malu apa bossku" found its way to the Kuala Lumpur High Court when an Umno leader used it to identify former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Johor Baru Umno secretary Abu Talib Alias was being cross-examined by DPP Muhammad Saifuddin Hashim Musaimi over a RM300,000 (S$98,400) cheque that he received from Najib in 2015, through one of Najib's officers, the late Datuk Azlin Alias from the Prime Minister's Office.
When he was told to identify Najib in court, Abu Talib looked at the dock, where Najib was seated, and said: "There he is. Malu apa, bossku", which sent the courtroom bursting into laughter.
Najib, who is facing charges related to SRC International fund mismanagement and money laundering, chuckled.
Abu Talib said he was told by Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad to collect the cheque from Azlin.
Najib's lead counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who then cross-examined Abu Talib, questioned if RM300,000 was enough to last the division for a year.
"No, we need at least RM600,000 because we have 86 branches under us and we organise a lot of programmes," he said.
Padang Serai Umno chief Datuk Asmadi Abu Talib testified that Najib issued a RM50,000 cheque to him, which he deposited into his personal account instead of the Padang Serai Umno account due to "fears that there would be problems".