Malaysian PM says he'll stay in office for 1-2 years
Malaysian PM says he'll stay in office for 1-2 years
Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an election campaign in Kuala Lumpur
16 May, 2018, 08:01
Both police officers said investigators were not primarily interested in the luxury items but were chasing documents that could be vital for investigations into Najib's administration.Kuala Lumpur's police chief and an official police spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.Najib said earlier on Saturday that he was going overseas for a week to rest, but just minutes later the Department of Immigration announced that he and his wife had been barred from leaving the country.
Dr Mahathir reiterated there are no charges against Najib, and that the latter can not be detained but that he is "apparently" not allowed to leave the country.
In "an initial stage, maybe lasting one or two years, I will be the prime minister", Mahathir said.
But his party said that the prime minister's office had informed them an official committee that issues pardons - and would sign off on his release - would now be meeting on Wednesday, without explaining why. Mahathir was sworn in as prime minister on Thursday, making him the world's oldest democratically elected leader.
In the WSJ report, Dr Mahathir said Anwar would be one of four party leaders in the ruling coalition and wouldn't be given any "special powers". "We are now in the process of getting into the details of the matter he suppressed during his time [as prime minister]".
A popular Islamic student leader, Anwar joined the ruling Malay party in 1982, a year after Mahathir became prime minister.
Mahathir appointed three ministers at the weekend despite previously having said he would name 10 cabinet members. His wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who heads Anwar's party, is now the new deputy prime minister.
Anwar was imprisoned again in 2015, when Najib was prime minister, after another sodomy charge, which he described as a politically motivated attempt to end his career.
Mahathir said his government hasn't asked for help from Interpol to find Low Taek Jho, named as a central figure who allegedly orchestrated the ransacking of 1MDB, but added they "roughly know" where Low is. Anwar became Mahathir's heir apparent but they fell out during the 1998 Asian financial crisis and Anwar was sacked. Security personnel from the building - which is owned by Desmond Lim, a wealthy Malaysian businessman and supporter of Najib - were cooperative."We are looking for government documents that may have been illegally taken", said a senior police officer, who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media.
"We think that within a short while we will have a case against him". The fund was set up by Najib in 2009 to promote economic development but accumulated billions in debts.
His new attorney general, Mohamed Apandi Ali, cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in 2016, saying the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family and that most of it had been returned. He and the fund have denied wrongdoing.
A day later, photos of an AirAsia plane sporting the BN's campaign slogan "Hebatkan Negaraku" (Make My Country Greater) and colours was posted on Najib's Facebook page, which also show him boarding the plane with Fernandes.
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