The eyes are the window to the soul. Datuk Seri Najib (DSN)’s facial expression with his eye expression showed significant changes from the previous interview. He had undergone distraught, resignation, helplessness and hopelessness. DSN sat in a position with his right-hand overlapped his left hand as a professional posture of sitting.
When we compared his nonverbal cues with the previous video during the interview with Al Jazeera, we could observe the significant difference of the head’s angle (nonverbal) and it is known as tilted head.
During the media interview, his head angle reached around 52 degrees. However, during the Sinar interview, the degree reached around 25 degrees. The degree of head movement indicated cognitive stress load. In layman terms, it showed that during the Sinar interview, he did not feel as stressed as the Al Jazeera interview.
Before the interview started, he felt more relaxed and not feeling annoyed. This could be seen easily when we compare the eyebrows during two scenarios.
When DSN started to answer the questions during 00:21:73 – 00:22:62, he leaned forward and then backwards. Up to 00:25: 30 for less than 4 seconds, DSN leaned forward and backwards for a total of three cycles. In nonverbal communication, leaning forward shows interest and leaning backwards shows putting a break. However, in such a short time span, leaning forward and backwards during conversation shows discomfort during a conversation.
For the conversation at 00:30:70, DSN tried to freeze his upper body and tried to reduce the movement of his hands as compared to the previous interview. This method showed that he was reserved when discussing the topic. However, he tried to move one hand to demonstrate genuineness.
It was not easy to capture the body language leaked for this video because DSN tried to freeze most of his nonverbal cues. However, in 1:06:77 and 1:07:20, in less than one second, he tapped his finger when DSN shared how he encountered with Jho Low. The self-tapping finger is a sign of interruption and discomfort during the conversation.
During 1:46:50, when DSN mentioned, “Saya tak tahu”, he nodded his head and giving further information. This gesture needs to have a further investigation because there is an inconsistency between the verbal “tak tahu” with the head nodding.
After explaining his statement, he ended up his conversation with a gesture of lip licking during 2:38:10. The same gestures could be observed after he had given his statement at 3:03:23 and 3:29:20.
During 3:40, DSN became more comfortable in the conversation and his hand move more frequently and freely.
During the last conversation and when DSN was asked, “Adakah kita ditipu oleh Jutawan Jho Low?”, he tilted his head and with the nodding head during 4:09:20. Again, there was an inconsistency of the verbal and nonverbal.
In general, the other information such as Goldman Sachs, Terengganu Investment is genuine and true. However, the relationship between DSN and Jho Low remained a mystery and further investigation was needed because there was a red flag that was obviously in their conversation.
Source: The Star
Datuk Dr. Leow Chee Seng
Dr. Mihaela Stroe, Body Language Specialist, Romania.