Malaysia PM To Extend Tenure, Probe Najib's Regime

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks during an election campaign in Kuala Lumpur

"There have been a lot of complaints against the AG but no formal reports (lodged against him)". "On that basis, we gave him a holiday".

"We think that within a short while we will have a case against him".

The country's anti-corruption commission found Razak had $10.6 million in his bank account which originated from a former subsidiary of the state fund 1MDB. This included almost $700 million that landed in Najib's private bank accounts, the department said.

The ousted prime minister has denied any wrongdoing.

The declassified report found, among others things, that 1MDB used 288 million ringgit ($73 million) of government funds to pay interest on its debt, which went against the monies' original goal.

The 92-year old prime minister returned to power on Thursday following a victory of his alliance, Pakatan Harapan, on Wednesday, forcing Najib out after 11 years in power.

The Election Commission, seemingly stacked with Najib loyalists, announced that the opposition coalition had won a majority of parliamentary seats, and the Malaysian king provided an audience to Mahathir and named him prime minister.

During the campaign, Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years in a previous stint from 1981, had promised to step aside and make Anwar prime minister once he was pardoned.

Following his removal from power, Najib announced his resignation as president of the United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) party and the once-ruling Barisan Nasional alliance. The fund was set up by Najib in 2009 to promote economic development but accumulated billions in debts.

In "an initial stage, maybe lasting one or two years, I will be the prime minister", Mahathir said.

Mahathir, at that time said he had to remove Anwar because he was "not fit for office".

"Their passports, however, have not been revoked". "We can not allow them to leave the country in the interest of facilitating investigations". Mahathir said he can't suspend Apandi until he is investigated.

Mahathir also said he welcomed foreign direct investment in Malaysia by China and other countries, but such investment must bring in capital and technology and provide jobs for Malaysians.

The audit report on 1MDB had been protected since 2016 by the Official Secrets Act.

Among the four were Mohd Shukri Abdull, former MACC deputy chief commissioner for operations; and current immigration department director general Mustafar Ali, who served as MACC's deputy commissioner for prevention before his new appointment as immigration chief.

Najib Razak accused of using his position for "gratification" and for allegedly owning unexplained properties.

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

"The investigation will only be closed, because of who is involved", he said.

Mahathir also faced criticism for saying that a controversial law passed before the election that punishes "fake news" with up to six years in jail would be reviewed rather than revoked.

The law will be revisited and a proper definition will be provided, so that media practitioners and the public can get a clear idea on what is fake, he said.

"Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits", he said in a live television broadcast.

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