Malaysian police search 5 places linked to ousted leader Najib

  • Malaysian police search 5 places linked to ousted leader Najib

Malaysian police search 5 places linked to ousted leader Najib

Mahathir became prime minister after leading a four-party alliance in the election campaign.

(G.N.S) DT.17 The Malaysian police searched former Prime Minister Najib Razak's home today as the new government probes into a massive graft scandal. He reopened a probe into the 1MDB scandal after his alliance won a stunning election victory last week, ousting Najib and ending the National Front's 60-year grip on power.

In an interview with the Malay Mail, he shared that Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was actually offered the position of Prime Minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Dr Mahathir, 92, has said there is sufficient evidence to investigate a multi-billion-dollar scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Mr Najib. Najib was chairman of the 1MDB.

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reads a note during a news conference Wednesday in Putrajaya, Malaysia.

"There are no arrests now and no indication that there will be an arrest".

"Some are also anxious for me for boldly coming out to lodge a report but it's alright", he said. "If I die, I die for my country". "For this, we will contact the governments of the countries to recover the money there", Dr Mahathir said.

According to civil forfeiture complaints filed in July 2016, more than US$3.5bn in funds belonging to 1MDB were embezzled by high-level 1MBD officials and their associates between 2009 and 2015, the US Department of Justice said in a statement.

Once Dr Mahathir's protege, Mr Najib has denied any wrongdoing.

The scandal is also being investigated by police in at least six countries, including the US.

This follows a search by armed policemen of Najib Razak's home yesterday, in which handbags and other personal items were seized.

Monday also saw the resignations and suspensions of several senior officials, The Star reported.

And Mahathir announced that attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali had been sent on leave after he reported for work on Monday and would be temporarily replaced by the solicitor general, pending the results of a police report and investigation. "She did not mince her words and said she only wanted her husband back safe.' His Majesty told me to cherish her as it is very hard to find such a (loyal and loving) wife", Anwar continued.

His pardon paves the way for him to dive back into national politics as the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad who - in Anwar's absence - led the democratic wave that toppled the long-ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.