“I was sent a bullet” probing 1MDB, says Malaysian anti-graft chief

By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 : The head of Malaysia’s anti-graft agency gave an explosive account on Tuesday of how witnesses disappeared and officers were purged and intimidated after they tried in 2015 to charge ex-premier Najib Razak for siphoning funds from a state fund. Describing the lengths taken to suppress the earlier […]

Malaysia’s embattled Najib questioned by anti-corruption agency

By Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR, May 22 : Embattled former Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived at the headquarters of Malaysia’s anti-corruption commission on Tuesday, which has ordered him to explain a suspicious transfer of $10.6 million into his bank account. The sum is just a fraction of billions of dollars allegedly siphoned from state fund […]

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

By Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR, May 21 : Amid mounting suspense in Malaysia, former leader Najib Razak is expected to give a statement to an anti-graft agency on Tuesday explaining what he knew about $10.6 million transferred into his bank account from a unit of a state fund he founded. The remorseless humiliation of Najib […]

Malaysian drama deepens with talk of reopening Mongolian model murder case

By Simon Cameron-Moore and Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 : The potential reopening of a probe into the murder 12 years ago of a Mongolian model could spell more trouble for former Malaysian premier Najib Razak, as the new government pressed ahead with investigations into alleged corruption. On Saturday, Mongolia’s president requested Malaysia’s new […]

Malaysia agog as disgraced ex-PM Najib’s cupboards laid bare

By Tom Westbrook KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 : Malaysians have avidly watched the public humiliation of former leader Najib Razak and his wife, as police hunting evidence of graft loaded five trucks with luxury items, including dozens of Birkin handbags, some costing as much as a sportscar. Tens of thousands of people logged onto Facebook […]

Slowing Malaysian economy poses challenge for Mahathir government

By Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR, May 17 : Malaysia’s annual economic growth slowed to 5.4 percent in the first quarter of 2018, leaving the country’s new government with the task of turning around an economy that has decelerated for two consecutive quarters. Releasing the latest gross domestic product data on Thursday, the central bank said […]