Najib Razak to Give 1MDB Statement

Calvin Saunders
May 23, 2018

Malaysia's anti-corruption commission has called on former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak to give a statement about tarnished wealth fund 1 MDB.

"We had our own intelligence sources, that I would be arrested and locked up, because I was accused as being part of a conspiracy to bring down the government", said Shukri, nearly breaking down into tears as he described having to flee to Washington out of a fear for his life. Mr. Shukri told reporters it wasn't clear how long Mr. Najib.

The focus is on the asset recovery to bring back all the money and asset revenue from the 1MDB case offence. "Instead we were accused of bringing down the country, we were accused of being traitors", tearing up during his remarks.

That shock election result upended Malaysia's political order, as it was the first defeat for a coalition that had governed the Southeast Asian nation since its independence from colonial rule in 1957.

Several current and former senior government officials will lead the task force, including Abdul Gani Patail, the former attorney-general who was removed from his post in 2015 as he was leading investigations into 1MDB.

Najib and his wife have been barred from leaving the country after the new government reopened an investigation into the case.

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Malaysia's scandal-hit former leader Najib Razak and his wife hit out at the media and police on Saturday, after investigators seeking evidence of corruption were filmed seizing box loads of jewellery, luxury handbags and cash.

Mahathir's office also announced the establishment of a new task force made up of members of the anti-graft agency, police and the central bank, which would liaise with "enforcement agencies in the United States, Switzerland, Singapore, Canada and other related countries", investigating 1MDB.

He was appointed head of the commission after Malaysia's new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, beat Najib at the polls almost two weeks ago.

The money is thought to have come from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a multi-billion-dollar state developed fund from which around $4.5 billion went missing in 2015.

Rosmah said the family will cooperate in the investigation into the 1MDB state investment fund, but that authorities should not "be feeding social media trolls". "Whenever possible, recovered assets will be used to benefit the people harmed by these acts of corruption and abuse of office".

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