JAMES Chin, a professor of Asian studies at the University of Tasmania and an expert on Malaysian politics, said it was likely that the guilty verdict would be overturned on appeal.
“People should not be celebrating, because in the Malaysian context, many of the judgments in these political cases get reversed in the appeals court,” he said. “I expect Najib to appeal and he will probably win the appeal. In the long term, I expect Najib to get away with it as long as UMNO is in power.”
Mr. Chin noted that UMNO has been in power for all but 22 months of the past six decades and, as a result, has been responsible for naming nearly all of the country’s judges.