Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

Najib Razak, Malaysian Ex-Prime Minister, Questioned Over 1MDB

Less than two weeks after from being voted out of office after nearly three decades in power, Najib was ordered to explain a suspicious transfer of 42 million ringgit ($10.6 million, €9 million) into his bank account.

The 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.

Najib and his reviled, luxury-loving wife Rosmah Mansor have had a swift fall from grace.

The ousted leader arrived at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, walking through a scrum of about 100 journalists.

Mansor is known to frequent some of the world's most expensive stores, including Harrods in London, Chanel in Hawaii, Saks Fifth Avenue in NY and high-end jewellers in Hong Kong.

"The Prime Minister has agreed to the formation of 1MDB Task Force to carry out detailed investigations, detection and seizure of assets, as well as prosecution against individuals who commit any criminal offence in the management of 1MDB", the statement said.

MACC chief Mohd Shukri Abdull says the agency was unable to continue the probe as it had no consent from the attorney-general.

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In 2015, a separate investigation into the 1MDB scandal ended after Najib terminated then-Attorney General Gani Patail who apparently was preparing a charge sheet to prosecute the prime minister.

Najib has said $681 million of funds deposited in his personal bank account were a donation from a Saudi royal, rebutting reports that the funds came from 1MDB.

He is to be questioned specifically on SRC International, a former unit of 1MDB. So have counterparts in Switzerland, Singapore, and other countries.

Addressing loyalists in his home state of Pahang on Sunday, Najib declared: "I did not steal from the people". "Of course, this expertise must come from those with experience in running previous governments, or having held some responsible posts", Mahathir said. He slammed raids on apartments occupied by his children, accusing police of taking baby shoes and wedding gifts that were unrelated to the 1MDB case.

Rosmah, in a brief statement issued by law firm Valen, Oh & Partners, said recent incidents appear to have been doe with the aim of generating anger among the public towards the family.

Mahathir spoke on Monday to civil servants and other officials outside the Prime Minister's Office, vowing to root out corruption.

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