Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Police raid home of ex-Malaysian PM over corruption scandal

Police raid home of ex-Malaysian PM over corruption scandal

Several personal items such as handbags, clothes and gifts were seized from house, reported the Malaysian state news agency Bernama on Thursday morning. He said the items were believed to have been taken for the objective of investigation under the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, said Bernama.

Amar gave no other details, but The Star said searches were also conducted at the prime minister's office, the official residence and two places linked to Najib's family in a luxury Kuala Lumpur condominium.

Anwar, who has twice been imprisoned on politically motivated "sodomy" and corruption charges, received a royal pardon following last week's election win for the Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad. Najib started the fund in 2009 and USA investigators say at least $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered by Najib's associates, some of which landed in his bank account.

But his party eventually formed an alliance with Mahathir to take on Najib's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) for the election on Wednesday.

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Abdul Razak Idris said he would discuss with MACC officials whether he should lodge another report under sections 217 and 218 of the penal code regarding certain public servants protecting a person from punishment or property from forfeiture with MACC or the police. "They demand change." Anwar was freed after being pardoned for a sodomy conviction that put him behind bars for three years, but that was widely viewed as trumped up.

Mahathir said the government will seek to retrieve billions of dollars laundered from 1MDB to repay government debts that have piled up over the years. Critics said it was aimed at stifling free speech and dissenting voices, and Mahathir became one of the first people to be investigated under the law.

"This is important because the amount is big and it can help us clear some debts", he said, adding that the total amount which can be recovered has yet to be determined.

"The money belongs to Malaysia and it came from 1MDB".

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Dr Mahathir also said the Government would work towards recovering funds belonging to 1MDB from overseas, including some RM17.8bil in the United States.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed says the government will take steps to reduce wastage, including terminating the contracts of all 17,000 political appointees. The Malaysian High Court cleared him of all charges in 2012, but the Court of Appeal overturned the acquittal in March 2014 and sentenced him to five years in prison. The tax has been blamed for raising the cost of living and has angered many Malaysians.

He said he hoped this week to have a 10-member cabinet before expanding it later but acknowledged that it was a challenge navigating his alliance.

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