Anwar declares 'new dawn for Malaysia' after release

Anwar declares 'new dawn for Malaysia' after release

Anwar declares 'new dawn for Malaysia' after release

Mahathir became prime minister after leading a four-party alliance in the election campaign.

Malaysian police visited former Prime Minister Najib Razak's house late Wednesday, reportedly searching for documents as part of a renewed probe into a massive corruption scandal involving a state investment fund that is being investigated overseas.

The new government, headed by 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad who secured a stunning election victory last week, has vowed to probe allegations Najib oversaw the looting of a sovereign wealth fund.

In an interview with the Malay Mail, he shared that Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was actually offered the position of Prime Minister by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

It is an ominous sign for Najib, whose all-powerful ruling coalition was ousted after governing Malaysia for six decades. He went on to appoint his first three ministers over the weekend.

Mahathir, who was prime minister for 22 years until in 2003, emerged from retirement to join hands with former political foes to oust Najib amid anger over the 1MDB scandal. A number of countries, including the United States and Switzerland, are investigating $4.5 billion that was allegedly siphoned off from 1MDB. Najib was chairman of the 1MDB.

"Now there is a new dawn for Malaysia".

Earlier Wednesday, Mahathir said the government will make arrests as soon as there is clear evidence and reiterated that there will be "no deal" for Najib in the scandal. "I'm already 69 years old. For this, we will contact the governments of the countries to recover the money there", Mahathir said. And on Wednesday evening, police officers entered Najib's family home and searched other properties linked to him.

Najib, who was ousted from office in a shocking loss in the election, was accused by Mahathir of corruption involving the state development fund he created in 2009.

Over the weekend, Mahathir ordered the initial investigation document on the 1MDB scandal be declassified under the country's official secrets laws, as Najib and his wife were put on an immigration blacklist to ensure they did not flee the country, as reported by The Guardian. Dzulkifli Ahmad, chief commissioner of MACC, who previous year pledged that the civil service would be free of corruption by 2020, submitted his resignation in the morning. "I must thank the people of Malaysia", said Anwar, 70.

The search came just hours after politician Anwar Ibrahim - a key figure in the alliance that swept to power, who had been thrown in jail under Najib's rule - was released, triggering euphoric scenes.

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