KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police want to question former premier Mahathir Mohamad about anti-government comments, a spokeswoman said on Wednesday, in what appeared to be a bid to stifle the veteran leader’s campaign to bring down the prime minister.
Mahathir, still a hugely respected and influential figure, made surprise appearances at a protest in Kuala Lumpur on the weekend, calling for a “people’s power” movement to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal.
KUALA LUMPUR/SINGAPORE, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Malaysian
anti-corruption officials investigating state investor 1MDB for
alleged graft visited the local office of Goldman Sachs
last month seeking documents relating to the state firm, two
people familiar with the visit said.
The scandal engulfing indebted 1MDB has triggered a
political crisis for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who oversees
the fund, and has contributed to the ringgit’s fall to a 17-year
low against the U.S. dollar.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday accused China of not allowing freedom of navigation and overflight in the disputed South China Sea, despite giving assurances that such freedoms would not be impeded.
Addressing a regional meeting in Kuala Lumpur that has been dominated by the South China Sea, Kerry said China’s construction of facilities for “military purposes” on man-made islands was raising tensions and risked “militarization” by other claimant states.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian opposition parties and activists kept up pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday, undeterred by an anti-corruption agency statement apparently clearing him of receiving nearly $700 million from the debt-laden state fund 1MDB.
A senior member of Najib’s party also broke ranks over the scandal, suggesting that the prime minister’s moves to oust dissenters from positions of power and effectively delay a probe into the fund had failed to put his government out of danger.
KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) – Malaysia said on Sunday that airplane debris that washed up on the Indian Ocean island of Reunion has been identified as being from a Boeing 777, the same model as a Malaysian Airlines plane which vanished last year.
Experts hope the 2-2.5 meter (6.5-8 feet) wing surface, known as a flaperon, and a fragment of luggage also found on Reunion could yield clues on the fate of Flight MH370, which disappeared without trace in March 2014 with 239 passengers and crew on board.
KUALA LUMPUR/PARIS (Reuters) – Malaysia is “almost certain” that plane debris found on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean is from a Boeing 777, the deputy transport minister said on Thursday, heightening the possibility it could be wreckage from missing Flight MH370.
Malaysia Airlines was operating a Boeing 777 on the ill-fated flight, which vanished without a trace in March last year while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in one of the biggest mysteries in aviation history. The plane was carrying 239 passengers and crew.
KUALA LUMPUR, July 29 (Reuters) – A Malaysian parliamentary
investigation into a graft scandal at a state investment fund
embroiling Prime Minister Najib Razak has been put on hold as
cracks in the ruling party appeared to widen on Wednesday.
The allegations of extensive graft at the debt-laden fund
are the biggest threat to Najib’s credibility since he took
office in 2009 and could threaten the grip his United Malays
National Organisation (UMNO) has kept on politics since
independence in 1957.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – The Malaysian government’s crackdown on the media and dissenters widened on Friday, as the home ministry suspended publication of two leading financial newspapers over their reporting of alleged graft at the country’s troubled state investment fund.
The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily were suspended for three months from July 27, just days after authorities blocked access to a website that has covered the scandal and has been critical of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has instructed his lawyers to consider action against the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which reported that investigators probing debt-laden state fund 1MDB had traced nearly $700 million to bank accounts in his name.
Law firm Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak said in a statement on Wednesday that since last week’s article involved several parties, they were instructed to consider what kind of action to take, “in the event evidence shows a conspiracy against our client”.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Two of Malaysia’s main opposition parties on Sunday demanded an emergency sitting of parliament to discuss Prime Minister Najib Razak’s future as tensions mounted over a report that linked him to probes into alleged corruption involving state fund 1MDB.
A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report published on Friday said that investigators had traced nearly $700 million to bank accounts they believed belonged to the prime minister.