Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Mahathir to continue as Malaysia PM for 1-2 years

Mahathir to continue as Malaysia PM for 1-2 years

Malaysia's 92-year-old new leader Mahathir Mohamad said he expects to stay as prime minister for up to two years and vowed not to cut any deals to keep his predecessor out of jail for alleged corruption.

On May 9, Mahathir-led Pakatan Harapan party (Alliance of Hope) defeated the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled the nation for 61 years since independence from Britain.

"I will play a role in the background even when I step down", he added, however. Anwar, who had been convicted for sodomy, is to be released following a full pardon.

The agency was referring to a claim made by Fernandes to explain his decision to endorse former prime minister Najib Razak's administration at the height of the general election campaign.

Anwar, 70, is serving a second five-year jail term for sodomy, which is a crime in Malaysia.

The law, which was rushed through parliament last month ahead of last week's general election, carries a stiff penalty of up to six years in jail and a fine of 500,000 ringgit ($128,000).


The Prime Minister took to Twitter and wrote, "Heartiest congratulations to Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad on being sworn in as the Prime Minister of Malaysia".

The volatile relationship between the duo has dominated the country's political landscape for over three decades. He and his supporters say the charge was politically motivated. Both police officers said investigators were not primarily interested in the luxury items but were chasing documents that could be vital for investigations into Najib's administration.Kuala Lumpur's police chief and an official police spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.Najib said earlier on Saturday that he was going overseas for a week to rest, but just minutes later the Department of Immigration announced that he and his wife had been barred from leaving the country.

"We will have a clear definition of fake news so that the public and media companies will understand the difference between real and fake news", Mahathir said.

Abdul Razak Idris - former intelligence and investigations director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission - lodged reports with the body alleging Najib tried to stop the probe into losses at 1MDB, reported AFP.

Najib set up 1MDB in 2009 and previously served as chairman of its advisory board. Reuters was unable to reach Najib himself, his wife, or other family members and close associates on Saturday night.Reuters had seen about 20 police officers entering the marble-floored lobby of the Pavilion Residences apartment block in the Malaysian capital, just as Mahathir was holding a news conference to announce key members of his cabinet.At least a dozen other plainclothes law-enforcement officers were there to help them.

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