Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Ex-PM Najib Razak banned from leaving Malaysia

Hardliner, 92, back as Malaysia's PM in shock election win Mahathir sworn in as Malaysia's PM
Marlene Weaver | 14 May, 2018, 10:13

In a series of early morning tweets, Najib said: "I will take a short break to spend time with my family whom I have not seen enough of in recent years".

"Even though we support freedom of press and freedom of speech, there are limits", Tun Dr Mahathir said in a live telecast on state TV.

The government will formulate an economic policy that restores investor confidence in Malaysia after the 1MDB scandal, Lim Guan Eng, who was named finance minister, said in a briefing on Sunday in Penang.

Malaysia's first two finance ministers after it became independent in 1957 were also ethnic Chinese, but since 1974, the post had been held by ethnic Malays.

Said Amir Fareed Rahim, analyst at the KRA Group: "The appointment of the three positions also signals the key priorities of the new Mahathir administration - namely, the economy, especially with dismantling GST; home affairs with the police, immigration; and defence". Mahathir and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the wife of his jailed ally Anwar Ibrahim, make up the rest of the cabinet. Ali declined to comment. He subsequently joined the opposition and handed his former camp an astonishing election defeat.

Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar said Saturday her father would be released from prison on Tuesday.

No Holiday Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) is hugged by Ahmad Zahid Hamid, former deputy prime minister, during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia May 12, 2018.

Meanwhile, immigration authorities have issued an overseas travel ban on Najib, amid reports that the government is reopening investigations against him into a multi-billion-dollar scandal.

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His shock political comeback ended the National Front coalition's 60-year rule and swept aside incumbent prime minister Najib Razak (pictured below).

The latest drama unfolded on Saturday after reports emerged that Najib planned to fly to Indonesia with his wife in a private jet, prompting an angry crowd to gather at a local airport.

Senior police officers had earlier told Reuters they were acting after a complaint that a government vehicle had delivered dozens of boxes - made to carry designer handbags - to the apartment for Najib's wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Businessman Raja Singham, 49, who had tried to block the van from entering, said: "We have the right to know who is inside the auto, as a citizen I will fight for that".

Najib lost the election at least partly because of popular disgust over the 1MDB scandal.

The U.S. Justice Department says $4.5 billion was looted from 1MBD by associates of Najib between 2009 and 2014, including $700 million that landed in Najib's bank account and a $23 million pink diamond necklace bought for Najib's wife.

The announcement comes after he was defeated in general elections on Wednesday by former strongman Mahatir Mohamad, once Najib's mentor.

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