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Malaysia ex-PM arrested over $628 million linked to 1MDB – officials

Sep 19, 2018 - 6:14 PM

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission says it had detained Najib as part of its investigations into the fund and 'the entry of 2.6 billion ringgit ($628 million) into his personal account'

NAJIB RAZAK. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Lawyer for ex-Malaysian leader Najib arrested, charged

Sep 13, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Shafee Abdullah is slapped with 4 money laundering charges at the Sessions Court, where he pleaded not guilty and was released on bail

ARRESTED. Shafee Abdullah, (C), chief lawyer of Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak is escorted by Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers to a court in Kuala Lumpur on September 13, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian financier charged over massive graft scandal

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:28 PM

The move is seen as a key step in trying to get Low Taek Jho, who allegedly played a central role in plundering state fund 1MDB, extradited to Malaysia to face justice

Malaysia to shelve China-backed projects worth $22B

Aug 22, 2018 - 7:57 AM

The projects include a railway connecting Malaysia's east coast to southern Thailand and Kuala Lumpur, and two gas pipelines

SHELVED. Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad adjusts his earphones during a joint press conference with China's Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on August 20, 2018. Photo by How Hwee Young/AFP

Malaysian ex-PM Najib charged with money laundering

Aug 08, 2018 - 1:51 PM

Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of money laundering. He faces up to 15 years in jail for each charge.

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Luxury yacht linked to 1MDB scandal arrives in Malaysia

Aug 07, 2018 - 3:04 PM

(UPDATED) Equanimity belongs to Jho Low, an international financier who allegedly played a central role in the 1MDB controversy that has engulfed former prime minister Najib Razak

EQUANIMITY. The Cayman Island-registered vessel Equanimity, which is reportedly worth some US$250 million and is owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, is pictured at Benoa harbour on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on April 13, 2018. File photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Malaysia to take possession of 1MDB-linked yacht from Indonesia

Aug 05, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The Cayman Islands-registered Equanimity is worth $250 million and was bought by a former unofficial adviser of the 1MDB investment fund

Malaysia drops sedition cases against political cartoonist

Jul 30, 2018 - 3:05 PM

Zunar says he would not be 'absolutely happy until the government abolishes the Sedition Act'

ZUNAR. File photo shows Malaysian cartoonist Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, popularly known as Zunar, poses with handcuffs prior to a book-launch event in Kuala Lumpur on February 14, 2015. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

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Ex-Malaysian PM Najib charged with corruption

Jul 04, 2018 - 9:43 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The first ex-premier in Malaysia to appear before a judge, Najib Razak pleads not guilty to 3 counts of criminal breach of trust and a separate charge that he abused his position to pocket 42 million ringgit

CHARGED. Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak (C) arrives for a court appearance at the Duta court complex in Kuala Lumpur on July 4, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Former Malaysian PM Najib Razak arrested over huge graft probe

Jul 03, 2018 - 5:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Najib Razak will be charged Wednesday, a taskforce set up to probe wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB says in a statement, adding he was apprehended 'at his home'

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Treasure trove seized from ex-Malaysia PM worth up to $273M

Jun 27, 2018 - 3:08 PM

'I think this is the biggest seizure in Malaysian history,' says Amar Singh, the police's head of commercial crime investigations

'BIGGEST SEIZURE.' Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak speaks to the media after being questioned at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office in Putrajaya on May 24, 2018. File photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia murder case linked to Najib 'may be re-opened'

Jun 19, 2018 - 10:22 PM

Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu was shot dead and her body blown up with military-grade plastic explosives near Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

ANOTHER CASE. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd right) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018.  Scandal-tainted former Malaysian leader Najib Razak arrived on May 22 at the anti-corruption agency to give a statement over a massive financial scandal that helped to bring down his long-ruling regime in historic elections. / AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN

Malaysia power shift hits China infrastructure drive

Jun 17, 2018 - 12:26 PM

'We will be friendly with China, but we do not want to be indebted to China,' says Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

NEW POLICY? Malaysia's newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad addresses civil servants from the Prime Minister's office during his first assembly in Putrajaya on May 21, 2018.  Manan Vatsyayana/AFP photo

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MARITIME DISPUTE. A ship of the China Coast Guard near Scarborough Shoal, September 3, 2016. File photo from the Philippine Department of National Defense

Malaysia's central bank chief latest to fall as 1MDB probes accelerate

Jun 06, 2018 - 6:56 PM

(UPDATED) Muhammad Ibrahim is the latest leading public figure to either quit or be forced from his post after the return to power of Mahathir Mohamad

CONTROVERSIAL. Rosmah Mansor (left), wife of the former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, arrives to give a statement at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on June 5, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Najib quizzed over scandal, graft fighter reveals threats

May 22, 2018 - 12:04 PM

(UPDATED) The ousted leader arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists

SCANDAL. Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak (3rd R) arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) office in Putrajaya on May 22, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia sets up task force to probe 1MDB scandal

May 21, 2018 - 3:47 PM

The special task force will be charged with seizing back assets and pursuing legal action against those suspected of breaking the law in relation to the fund

1MDB TASK FORCE. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with AFP at his office in Putrajaya. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/ AFP

Malaysia's Najib Razak denies graft charges in visit to home region

May 20, 2018 - 9:57 PM

The scandal-tainted Malaysian leader says the money and luxury items seized were gifts from friends and cash donations for his election campaign

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) inspects a ceremonial guard of honour during the annual congress of his ruling party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), in Kuala Lumpur on December 7, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MANAN VATSYAYANA

Lurid tale of bribery and murder looms anew for Malaysia's Najib Razak

May 19, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Malaysia's new government vows to investigate the unresolved scandals involving its former prime minister, including the mysterious killing of his mistress

ON THE HOT SEAT. Defeated Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak is expected to face more trials on various scandals that hounded him over the years. Photo from Najib's Facebook page

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Cash-stuffed designer handbags seized in raids on Malaysia's Najib

May 18, 2018 - 9:40 AM

Officers remove Hermes, Birkin and Louis Vuitton bags as part of a trove whose value they say they cannot yet estimate because of its sheer volume

RAIDS. Members of the Malaysian police enter into the road leading to the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim says ex-PM Najib likely headed to jail

May 17, 2018 - 8:59 PM

The election dramatically reversed Anwar's fortunes, from prisoner to presumptive successor to 92-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

WINNER. Jailed former opposition leader and current federal opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (right) with his wife Wan Azizah greet the supporters during a rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Police search scandal-tainted Malaysian ex-premier's home

May 17, 2018 - 10:47 AM

(UPDATED) Najib Razak's lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal says his client views the search as 'harassment'

SEARCH. Malaysian police enter at the former Prime Minister Najib Razak's residence in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Najib quits as head of coalition, party after poll loss

May 12, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Malaysian former Prime Minister Najib Razak quits as head of Barisan National coalition and United Malays National Organization

QUIT. Defeated Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak quits as head of coalition. Photo from Najib's Facebook page

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss

May 12, 2018 - 2:45 PM

Former Primer Minister Najib Razak says he respects the travel ban decision

'VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Najib to take 'short break' as flight rumors swirl

May 12, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Rumors fly that Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will leave the country in the wake of a possible financial scandal investigation

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination centre in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Malaysia's 14th general election will be held on May 9 with nominations taking place on April 28. Mohd RASFAN / AFP

Malaysia king to pardon opposition's Anwar, paving way for return to politics

May 11, 2018 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad has previously said he would likely remain prime minister for two to 3 years, before transferring power to Anwar Ibrahim

ANWAR. Malaysia's king has agreed to pardon jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim immediately, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad says on May 11, 2018. Photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad sworn in as world's oldest leader

May 10, 2018 - 8:23 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir's opposition alliance scores a shock win at the polls to break the grip on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has governed Malaysia uninterrupted since its birth as an independent country in 1957

HE'S BACK. Former Malaysian prime minister and winning opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (center) speaks to journalists while flanked by Wan Azizah (left), the wife of jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, and Democratic Action Party (DAP) party leader Lim Guan Eng during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on May 10, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Malaysia's elderly ex-strongman makes stunning return to power

May 10, 2018 - 2:04 PM

In a win that overturns decades of dominance by the country's main coalition, Mahathir has secured an unlikely second act in the twilight of his political career

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition's candidate Mahathir Mohamad speaks to the media following the 14th general elections in Kuala Lumpur on May 9, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance led by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was making early gains in May 9 hard-fought election against the long-ruling coalition, according to unofficial tallies. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

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Malaysia's Mahathir expects to be sworn in within hours

May 10, 2018 - 1:20 PM

(UPDATED) Mahathir Mohamad called for his inauguration to take place by 5 pm on Thursday, May 10

VOTING. In this file photo, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Malaysia PM 'accepts people's will' after shock election loss

May 10, 2018 - 11:45 AM

(UPDATED) But Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak does not make a clear concession, adding that it is up to the nation's king to decide who will become the next prime minister as no single party won a majority parliament

'VERDICT OF THE PEOPLE.' Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

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VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir wins shock election victory

May 10, 2018 - 7:35 AM

Mahathir Mohamad's opposition alliance ends the long hold on power of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power in Malaysia since its birth as an independent country in 1957

Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) celebrates with his coalition leaders during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on early May 10, 2018. Malaysia's opposition alliance headed by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad, 92, has won a historic election victory, official results showed on May 10, ending the six-decade rule of the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition. / AFP PHOTO / Manan VATSYAYANA

Malaysia's opposition makes strong early gains – unofficial tallies

May 09, 2018 - 11:34 PM

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition has so far won 34 parliamentary seats, while opposition alliance Pact of Hope was on 40, according to a count on the website of the pro-government Star newspaper

VOTED. Former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's candidate Mahathir Mohamad shows his inked finger as he casts his vote at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.​ Photo by Jewel Samad/ AFP

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces ex-mentor in election

May 09, 2018 - 8:21 AM

(UPDATED) As polls opened, some opposition leaders claimed their phones were flooded with spam calls from abroad to hamper their communications

ELECTIONS. This general view of a classroom taken on May 8, 2018 shows a voting center on the eve of the 14th general election in Pekan, Pahang. Malaysia's 14th general election will be held on May 9. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Anwar Ibrahim urges voters to oust scandal-hit government

May 08, 2018 - 9:01 PM

The unlikely Anwar Ibrahim-Mahathir Mohammad partnership is one of the most remarkable aspects of a gruelling campaign for an election many expect to be one of the Malaysia's closest ever

Malaysian opposition bets on 'tsunami' of Muslim support

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

The optimism has been triggered by the decision of 92-year-old former leader Mahathir Mohamad, a champion of the country's Muslim Malays, to run as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate

OPPOSITION. This file photo taken on April 28, 2018 shows former Malaysian prime minister and opposition party Pakatan Harapan's prime ministerial candidate Mahathir Mohamad (C) arriving to submit his election nomination for the upcoming 14th general elections in Langkawi. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Mud-slinging, sabotage as Malaysia gears up for polls

May 07, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Najib's ruling coalition has governed Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957 but is facing a tough test at the polls due to a challenge from a former insider – veteran ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad – and the 1MDB financial scandal

NAJIB AND MAHATHIR. File photo of Najib Razak by Mohd Rasfan/AFP. Mahathir Mohamad screenshot from Rappler video.

Malaysia's scandal-hit PM faces tough fight as poll battle starts

Apr 28, 2018 - 3:32 PM

The 11-day campaign is formally under way, with 222 parliamentary seats up for grabs

CAMPAIGN TRAIL. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak waves as he leaves after submitting his documents at the nomination center in Pekan on April 28, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir warns 'monster' PM will cheat to win polls

Apr 13, 2018 - 5:40 PM

Mahathir, who led Malaysia for over two decades, has been spurred out of retirement aged 92 to take on Najib Razak by allegations the premier was involved in an audacious scheme to plunder state fund

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Malaysia to vote next month in closely fought general election

Apr 10, 2018 - 3:50 PM

The poll date announced by the election commission – May 9 – has sparked fury among the opposition who claims a weekday election was deliberately chosen to keep turnout low, favoring Prime Minister Najib Razak

MAY 9 ELECTIONS. An airplane flies past the Malaysia Election Commission (SPR) building in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on April 10, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament for tough election

Apr 06, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Following the dissolution, the election commission will announce the date for the polls in the coming days

ANNOUNCEMENT. A man watches televisions on display at a shopping mall store as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces the dissolution of Parliament as he addresses the nation during a live telecast in Kuala Lumpur on April 6, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia approves 'fake news' law despite outcry

Apr 03, 2018 - 2:58 PM

The law targets foreign as well as local media, and is seen in part as an effort to silence criticism of the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that has rocked the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak

Malaysia proposes 10 years' jail for 'fake news'

Mar 26, 2018 - 3:02 PM

The proposed law says a person found guilty of creating or disseminating what authorities deem to be fake news can be punished with a maximum 10 years in jail or a fine of up to 500,000 ringgit ($130,000)

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS? A Malaysian man takes a nap with a newspaper on his lap while inside his mini-van at a wet market in downtown Kuala Lumpur on January 18, 2018. File photo by Manan Vatsyayana/AFP

Malaysia's Najib takes pop at Mahathir on Singapore trip

Jan 16, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Najib Razak Mahathir Mohamad are due to face off in elections which must be called by August

NAJIB RAZAK. Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (L) speaks whilst his Singaporean counterpart Lee Hsien Loong (R) reacts during a joint press conference at the 8th Singapore-Malaysia leaders retreat in Singapore on January 16, 2018. Photo by Roslan Rahman/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir Mohamad named opposition PM candidate

Jan 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

The former long-time Prime Minister agrees to make way for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim – his former nemesis turned political ally – to become prime minister on his release from prison if Anwar is granted a royal pardon

HE'S BACK. Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad delivers a speech after he was elected as the opposition's prime ministerial candidate during the four-party coalition Pact of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) convention in Shah Alam, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 7, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Malaysia's Mahathir quizzed as political tensions rise

Dec 13, 2017 - 6:48 PM

Political tensions are rising, with Mahathir – who was premier for 22 years – gearing up to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak at elections that must be called by August

QUIZZED. This picture taken on December 6, 2016 shows Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking during an interview with Agence France-Presse at his office in Putrajaya. Manan Vatsyayana/AFP