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Malaysia's Anwar wins by-election, steps closer to premiership

Malaysia's Anwar wins by-election, steps closer to premiershipMalaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim won a by-election engineered for his return to parliament by an overwhelming majority on Saturday, bringing him closer to the premiership that has been promised to him by former foe, Mahathir Mohamad. The victory marks Anwar’s official return to political life just five months after he was freed from jail, and will also be the first time that both he and Mahathir are members of parliament under the same banner after a bitter feud lasting over 20 years. Anwar, who has been the face of Malaysia’s Reformasi or Reform movement over the past twenty years, won the seat by a majority of over 23,500 votes despite a low voter turnout on polling day in the coastal parliamentary seat of Port Dickson.



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Malaysia's Mahathir cancels China-backed rail, pipeline projects

Malaysia's Mahathir cancels China-backed rail, pipeline projectsKUALA LUMPUR/BEIJING (Reuters) – Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday that the Chinese-funded $ 20 billion East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project and a natural gas pipeline project in Sabah will be canceled for now, according to media reports. Mahathir made the comments while addressing the media in Beijing during his five-day trip to China. The Prime Minister’s office confirmed the comments Mahathir made to reporters in Beijing.



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Seized Cash and Luxury Goods Linked to Malaysia's Former Prime Minister Are Valued at $273 Million

Seized Cash and Luxury Goods Linked to Malaysia's Former Prime Minister Are Valued at $  273 MillionMalaysian police say the total value of cash, jewelry and hundreds of watches and handbags seized from properties linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak in a money-laundering investigation amounted to $ 273 million.



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Malaysia's anti-graft agents take ex-PM's statement, meet whistleblower

Malaysia's anti-graft agents take ex-PM's statement, meet whistleblowerBy Rozanna Latiff KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Former Malaysian premier Najib Razak, whose near 10-year rule ended two weeks ago, returned to an anti-graft agency on Thursday to resume his explanation for the suspicious transfers of $ 10.6 million dollars into his bank account. The sum represents just a fraction of billions of dollars that went missing from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state fund founded by Najib, in a scandal that was a key reason why voters dumped him in an election on May 9. Entering the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the embattled 64-year-old Najib appeared relaxed, smiling and waving as he walked through a throng of journalists.



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Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protection

Hounded by graft probe, fearing safety Malaysia's Najib seeks protectionBy Fathin Ungku KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak fears for his safety and has asked for police protection, his spokesman said on Sunday, a day after the ex-leader complained over the conduct of police searching properties for evidence of corruption. Having ruled Malaysia for nearly 10 years, Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, have been barred from leaving the country after his coalition’s surprise defeat in an election on May 9. Najib has consistently denied all allegations of wrongdoing, but his image hasn’t been helped by his wife’s reputation for lavish spending.



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Malaysia's Anwar says Najib likely headed to jail

Malaysia's Anwar says Najib likely headed to jailNewly released Malaysian political heavyweight Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he expects ex-premier Najib Razak to be jailed over multi-billion-dollar graft claims. In an interview with AFP a day after he walked free from custody — where he had languished since 2015 on what supporters say were trumped-up charges levelled at Najib’s behest — Anwar also said he would be back in parliament very soon. Anwar’s release on Wednesday capped an astonishing week in Malaysian politics that saw Najib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition booted from power in a revolution at the ballot box.



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Malaysia's Najib says to take short break, follows reports he may leave for Jakarta

Malaysia's Najib says to take short break, follows reports he may leave for JakartaFormer Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said on Twitter that he would take a short break to spend time with his family, hours after reports that his names was on the flight manifest of a private jet scheduled to leave for Jakarta on Saturday morning. The manifest of the jet, which is scheduled to fly from an airport near Kuala Lumpur to the Indonesian capital at 10:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), names Najib and his wife as passengers, two sources and two media reports said earlier. “After over four decades in politics and the recent election campaign, which was regrettably personal and perhaps the most intense in Malaysian history, I will take a short break to spend time with my family whom I have not seen enough of in recent years,” Najib said on Twitter.



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Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss

Malaysia's scandal-mired Najib hit with travel ban after poll lossMalaysia’s former leader Najib Razak was hit with a travel ban Saturday as speculation mounted he was about to flee the country following his shock election loss, in a possible bid to avoid prosecution over a multi-billion-dollar scandal. An angry crowd had gathered at a Kuala Lumpur airport, shouting at vehicles and seeking to stop them entering, after a purported flight itinerary leaked online showed Najib and his unpopular wife were planning to head to Indonesia. The Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s defeat in the election at the hands of an alliance led by Najib’s one-time mentor Mahathir Mohamad amounted to a political earthquake, which toppled an increasingly authoritarian regime that had ruled the country for six decades.



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Danish national first to be convicted under Malaysia's fake news law

Danish national first to be convicted under Malaysia's fake news lawA Malaysian court convicted a Danish citizen on Monday for inaccurate criticism of police on social media, the first person to be prosecuted under a new law against fake news. Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, 46, was charged with spreading false news after he posted a video on YouTube accusing police of taking 50 minutes to respond to distress calls following the shooting of a Palestinian lecturer on April 21. The charge against Sulaiman said he had “with ill intent, published fake news through a video on YouTube”.



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US moves to seize another $540 mn in Malaysia's 1MDB scandal

US moves to seize another $  540 mn in Malaysia's 1MDB scandalThe US has acted to seize another $ 540 million in assets, including a luxury yacht, allegedly bought with money stolen from Malaysia’s multibillion-dollar 1MDB fund, a move Kuala Lumpur slammed on Friday as headline-seeking. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is battling allegations that huge sums were looted from the state fund he founded, in complex overseas deals that are being investigated by authorities in several countries. The latest move by US federal prosecutors compounds court cases launched last year in which Washington sought to confiscate more than $ 1 billion allegedly embezzled by businessmen with political connections in Malaysia — bringing the total amount US officials say was stolen to $ 4.5 billion.



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