Ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been banned from leaving the country, immigration officials say.
In a Twitter message on Friday, Najib said he was praying that, "after this divisive period", Malaysia would unite. "As far as I know, he and his wife (were prevented from leaving)". He should perhaps stop commenting on politics of other people's country altogether, so as to avoid betting on the "wrong horse", and thereby jeopardizing Singapore's interests.
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad moved ahead briskly with the formation of his new government on Saturday, appointing three key ministers and saying he would reopen the investigation into the multi-billion dollar scandal at the state investment fund.
Malaysia will reach out to USA authorities investigating the case, the lawmaker said. "So at the moment we no longer have an attorney-general".
Mahathir was sworn in on Thursday night by the king, Malaysia's constitutional ruler, following a momentous vote in which scandal-plagued Najib was soundly beaten at the polls by his former mentor.
It came after what was believed to be a manifest circulated online showing Najib and his wife were due to board a flight from the airport to Jakarta on Saturday morning.
"If the party failed in the general election, the leader has the moral obligation to step aside", he said.
Many with his UMNO party had called on Najib to step down after his defeat.
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He made the announcement in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today (Saturday).
Her openly spendthrift ways have been galling for ordinary Malaysians who increasingly complain of soaring living costs, particularly after Najib's government introduced an unpopular sales tax in 2015. The former autocrat previously served as prime minister for over two decades and was a BN stalwart.
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The council include former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, former central bank governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former national oil firm Petronas CEO Hassan Merican, renowned billionaire Robert Kuok Hock Nien and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, an economist.
Mahathir's alliance, joined by jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, scored a stunning election victory Wednesday by ousting the coalition that had ruled Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957.
Anwar was heir-apparent to Mahathir until they had a dramatic falling out, and Mahathir sacked him in 1998, and he was subsequently jailed.