Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad says crimes committed by previous government will be investigated

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

Two reports alleging wrongdoing have been filed against Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak before the country's anti-corruption commission, as the head of the agency announced his resignation on Monday.

Mahathir also named former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the home or interior minister and Mohamad Sabu, a long-time opposition politician, as the defence minister.

An angry crowd had gathered at an airport in the capital Kuala Lumpur in anticipation that the couple could potentially try to leave Malaysia.

Meanwhile, police have denied raiding a luxury condominium in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday that was allegedly linked to family members of Mr Najib.

Mahathir, who was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, has vowed to investigate a multi-billion-dollar graft scandal at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was founded by Najib. Mr Najib acknowledged around $700 million appeared in his private bank accounts before the 2013 election, but said the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family.

Mahathir said Malaysia's king had agreed to pardon Anwar, who was jailed in 2015 for sodomy in a conviction that he said was politically motivated.

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'Govt Can Afford To Scrap GST' - Mahathir vehemently brushed aside claims that the country's revenue will decrease if the GST is abolished, as NST reported that the Prime Minister stressed that the root cause of lack of funds in the government is misused funds.

With Mahathir's campaign promise to review all infrastructure projects including the East Coast Rail Link project, keep an eye on Gamuda Bhd, IJM Corp, Malaysian Resources Corp and George Kent Malaysia Bhd.

Mahathir has been prime minister of the Muslim Malay-majority nation earlier, for 22 years, governing in a tough, direct style.

When asked by a Chinese journalist how it felt to be Malaysia's first Chinese finance minister since independence-era leader Tan Siew Sin, Lim replied: "I'm sorry, I don't consider myself Chinese". The appointment of Lim, a chartered accountant who led the wealthy northern state of Penang since 2008, reflects changes pledged by Mahathir's alliance to heal the country's racial divisions, blamed on decades-old preferential policies.

Each party has been told to submit three names for consideration.

Mahathir's updates on possible action against the deposed Barisan Nasional administration came as his own four-party Pakatan Harapan coalition openly bickered over the composition of the cabinet.

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