Malaysia in suspense ahead of Najib's visit to anti-graft agency

Malaysia in suspense ahead of Najib's visit to anti-graft agency

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived at the offices of the Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Tuesday for questioning over his suspected role in siphoning money out of the country's development fund. USA investigators say Razak's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which also landed in Razak's bank account, and that some $23 million was used to buy a rare diamond pink necklace for Mansor.

Najib has continued to deny any wrongdoing in connection to the state fund.

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.

Newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has vowed to hold Najib responsible if he is found guilty.

Datuk Seri Azam Baki said Najib was served with the notice that required him to be present at the commission's headquarters at 10am today to record his statement to facilitate investigation into the case involving SRC International Sdn Bhd.

This photo was previously shared on a Facebook page, saying it was an unverified photo purportedly of Mr Najib's wife Rosmah Mansor's designer bags, estimated at RM20 million (S$6.76 million).

"It is our hope that the authorities would observe the rule of law and due process, to avoid a premature public trial", Rosmah's lawyers, Valen, Oh and Partners, said in a statement on her behalf.

Police last week seized what they called a huge trove of cash, jewels and luxury items from his home and other properties. As reports proliferated in recent years that billions were looted from 1MDB, Najib's government shut down domestic inquiries into the scandal, arrested critics calling for a full investigations and muzzled news organisations reporting on the affair.

He said the chorus of allegations was a smear campaign aimed at ruining the United Malays National Organisation, the party that until now has led every government since Malaysia's independence six decades ago. He sacked critics in his government including an attorney general and a deputy prime minister and muzzled the media.

Describing the governing Pakatan alliance as being inexperienced, Mahathir also announced the formation of a "Council of Eminent Persons" to advise on economic and financial matters during the transition period.

"Usually, we are the ones that need to look for the witnesses".

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