Strong case to charge Najib soon: Mahathir

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir might stay up to two years in post

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir might stay up to two years in post

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that the new government has banned more officials from leaving the country, amid an expanding corruption probe which targets many serving the previous government led by former Prime Minister Najib Razak. He and his supporters have said the charges are politically motivated.

Mahathir added that Anwar, after his release, would need to seek a seat in parliament and then might be given a cabinet post, but would play the same role in the coalition as leaders of the other three parties in the alliance. "There will be no special powers given except as are given to ministers or deputy ministers or deputy prime ministers", he said.

Faced with a leadership challenge, Mahathir used internal security laws to detain more than 100 opposition politicians, academics and social activists. Mahathir sacked and jailed Anwar on charges of sodomy and corruption.

Mahathir vowed on Monday to investigate any faults that may have been committed by Najib's government and said all ministries had been instructed not to destroy any documents.


"We think that within a short while we will have a case against him", Mahathir said. "We will divulge the evidence and facts to the appropriate authorities at the right time", it said in a statement today.

Najib set up 1MDB in 2009 and previously served as chairman of its advisory board.

In the WSJ report published online Tuesday, Dr Mahathir reportedly said he would not offer Najib freedom in an effort to reclaim the missing funds. Reuters was unable to reach Najib himself, his wife, or other family members and close associates on Saturday night.Reuters had seen about 20 police officers entering the marble-floored lobby of the Pavilion Residences apartment block in the Malaysian capital, just as Mahathir was holding a news conference to announce key members of his cabinet.At least a dozen other plainclothes law-enforcement officers were there to help them.

In his interview with the WSJ at his office at Perdana Leadership Foundation here yesterday, Dr Mahathir also said that he expected criminal charges would be filed against former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak following an investigation into allegations that he siphoned off hundreds of millions of dollars from a state investment fund.

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