Malaysia 1MDB scandali

1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is a state investment fund that came under investigation for alleged impropriety in July 2015, after reports emerged that investigators traced some US$700 million wired into Prime Minister Najib’s bank accounts. Both the fund and the premier denied wrongdoing, but the attorney general launched an investigation into alleged graft. 1MDB was 42 billion ringgit (HK$86 billion) in debt at the time of the scandal.

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There are also signs of discontent in Anwar’s PH party as he tries to woo the Malay community – Najib’s allies – that mostly had gone for the opposition.


Rosmah Mansor, the wife of ex-Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, has applied to a court to drop her 12 money laundering charges and five tax evasion charges.


Under the prohibition, Ng is permanently banned from performing any regulated activity under the Securities and Futures Act (SFA), according to the Monetary Authority of Singapore.

Umno President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the former Malaysian prime minister, who was jailed for corruption last year, must ‘get the justice he deserves’.

Malaysia’s prime minister said in an interview that he was ‘not discounting the possibility’ of a fresh lawsuit against the Wall Street firm for its role in the multibillion-dollar scandal.


The Malaysian PM’s uneasy alliance with his long-time rivals faces its first real test as 6 statewide polls loom, with analysts warning his government ‘can’t survive’ without the pro-Malay platform Umno provides.

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Political observers suggest the probe was part of a wider campaign by Najib’s allies to discredit the judiciary and make a case for his full exoneration.

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Kee Kok Thiam’s family said he suffered a ‘sudden massive stroke’, weeks after he was reportedly questioned by Malaysia’s corruption authorities.


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Malaysia’s Law Minister Azalina Othman Said confirmed the anti-corruption body has been cooperating with foreign agencies to speed up the process of bringing Low back to Malaysia.

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