KUALA LUMPUR - Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has paid the remaining RM500,000 (S$168,819) instalment of the RM1mil bail over his case, for which his lawyer denied charging RM2.4mil as fees.
Najib's children, Norashman and Nooryana Najwa, who are also his bailors, were seen entering the High Court registration counter yesterday to make the payment.
Najib arrived later with his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor amid chants of "Bebas Najib" and "Hidup Najib" from his supporters, who handed over RM489,166 from the Free Najib Solidarity Fund.
Wearing a grey blazer, Najib thanked them, saying that he was touched by the gesture as the money had come from the pockets of Umno supporters all over the country.
"The contribution is very meaningful to me as this is something that cannot be forced or planned as an order. It comes directly from the sincere heart of members," he said here yesterday.
"We hope that with their prayers and support, I will be able to go through this challenge," he said, calling it the most "meaningful contribution".
"I hope Allah can repay their good deeds and give their blessings to me and my family, Umno and the country," he said.
Last week, Najib claimed trial to three counts of criminal breach of trust and another charge of abuse of power involving RM42mil linked to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
The argument for bail took about an hour before it was fixed at RM1mil in cash with two sureties by High Court judge Mohd Sofian Abd Razak.
The court also agreed for the bail payment to be made in two instalments.
In a text message, senior lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah denied allegations that his legal fees were RM2.4mil.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Lokman Noor Adam earlier told the media that while the crowdfunding raised enough to cover the bail instalment, it was insufficient for legal fees which stood at RM2.4mil.
"Not true," Muhammad Shafee wrote in a text message.