KUALA LUMPURm, Nov 9 – The police will be calling up actor and director Datuk Farid Kamil Zahari in relation to allegations of bribery he made against Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor in a video interview posted on a local celebrity gossip channel on YouTube, yesterday.
In the clip featured on DramaOne, Farid had alleged that he was offered a RM5 million bribe by a representative of the former prime minister, to “forgive them”.
Farid told the two hosts of the interview programme that the amount and the request made was out of the ordinary.
“I was told to forgive Najib and Rosmah and accept the RM5 million. I was puzzled. Just for my forgiveness they are willing to give such a large amount.
“However, I think just to forgive them, the RM5 million is not enough.
“I lost my faith in the previous government because they sent someone to approach me with this money, and I didn’t take it,” he said.
He added that as a result of not taking the money, what happened was the reverse, as “they used the amount to come after me”.
There were no details, however, as to when the RM5 million offer was made to him, nor for what were the couple seeking his forgiveness and how “they came after him”.
However, he could be alluding to the troubles he faced earlier this year with drug charges leveled against him.
Farid faced drug charges in January
On January 25, 2018, Farid was charged at the Petaling Jaya magistrate’s court with self administering THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), one of the active components in ganja, into his body. The 37-year-old pleaded not guilty.
Farid was detained at the Kota Damansara police station on January 11 after he allegedly slapped a policeman and kicked a civilian.
The actor is understood to have been lodging an accident report at the police station when he allegedly slapped the policeman taking his report and kicked the leg of the man next to him.
A drug test was performed at the Petaling Jaya police narcotics department following his detention.
Police report filed against Farid over allegation
Following the clip being shared, a representative of Umno Supreme Council member Lokman Adam lodged a police report last night against Farid.
Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat said a 43-year-old man, who claimed to represent Lokman, lodged at the Kota Damansara police station, New Straits Times reported.
“In the report, the complainant claimed that Farid had fabricated stories to tarnish the image of the former prime minister (Najib).
“The complainant also asked why Farid did not lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission if his accusation was true,” Fadzil was quoted as saying by the daily.
According to NST, the report called for Farid to be investigate for making false accusations to discredit Najib and Rosmah.