Malaysians are coming together to try to satisfy the police's alleged sweet tooth.
A campaign called #chocs4cops was launched Sunday calling for Malaysians to give chocolates to their local police officers, Reuters reported Wednesday.
The campaign came about after the country's former prime minister, Najib Razak, alleged that police "helped themselves to food and chocolates in the refrigerator" when they raided his family's properties.
The raids were conducted as part of investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad, or 1MDB, scandal involving Razak, who was accused of diverting and laundering billions from the state investment fund through shell companies and bank accounts located around the world. Boxes -- 284 to be exact -- containing luxury handbags, watches, jewelry, cash and other valuables were collected in the searches.
"When [the complaint] came out, I really felt strongly about that," Siti Kasim, the lawyer behind the campaign, told Reuters. "My instinct was, 'what a meanie,' you know? You want to complain about someone eating your chocolate? I mean, how ridiculous. To me, it is a very stupid thing to cry over."
The event has received interest from over 2,000 people. Delivery of the chocolates are expected to be made to police stations this Saturday between 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time, according to a Facebook post.
If the allegations against the police are true, it would be unprofessional behavior, some Twitter users have pointed out. But other Malaysians are having a whale of a time making digs at the former government:
The chocolates "were important to my client, who told me to include that in the statement," Harpal Singh Grewal, Razak's lawyer who filed the initial complaint, told Reuters, saying he wasn't aware what type of chocolates Razak was concerned about.
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