Mahathir 'Prevented' Najib From Leaving Malaysia

Ivan Schwartz
May 15, 2018

Najib had said he was planning a "short break" overseas but angry Malaysians descended on an airport from where he was expected to depart in a bid to stop the couple leaving.

The reports filed before the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), accuse Najib of using his position as prime minister for "gratification", and for allegedly owning unexplained properties, according to Malaysia's The Star news website.

Cukup Pendapatan Mansuhkan GST (Enough Funds To Abolish The GST) - Berita Harian reported that the Prime Minister vehemently emphasised that the country's income will not decrease in the absence of the GST as he blamed misused funds and wastefulness as the root cause of the decrease. US investigators say Najib's associates stole and looted $4.5 billion from the fund, but Najib denies any wrongdoing.

Abdul Razak said a "former boss" had urged him to file the report, but he declined to identify the person by name.

"We are conscious many factions and races are involved and we don't want to be seen as one race governing the other", he said.

'Malaysia attorney general's office and investigating authorities have previously announced that they found no wrongdoing on the part of senior political leaders in the previous government, said Robson Lee, a Singapore-based lawyer at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

"Our focus will still be on helping those who find it hard to make ends meet", said Lim, secretary-general of the Chinese-majority Democratic Action Party. He also said he was committed to "facilitating a smooth transfer of power".

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No Holiday Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) is hugged by Ahmad Zahid Hamid, former deputy prime minister, during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 12, 2018. "We hope they can deliver the promises to the people yet ensure economic growth remains stable and the fiscal deficit is manageable". "Maybe this will be an opportunity for us to fix our weaknesses and shortcomings, although these are more a matter of perception than reality".

"God willing, UMNO will continue to live".

Najib's ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, which ruled Malaysia uninterrupted for 61 years since independence, was routed at the polls by a Mahathir-led opposition alliance.

Mahathir, who has returned as prime minister after his retirement in 2003 following a 22-year rule, has promised to reopen investigations into the 1MDB fiasco, described by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "kleptocracy at its worst". Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah said her father, whose sentence ends June 8, would be released Tuesday.

The three new ministers, all leaders of the component parties of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition, are finance minister Lim Guan Eng, defense minister Mohamad Sabu and minister of home affairs Muhyiddin Yassin.

The government also announced that the head of the country's treasury has been relieved of his duties.

Other reports by GizPress

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