Ousted Malaysia PM Najib Razak banned from leaving country

Ousted Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor have been banned from leaving the country, immigration officials said on Saturday.

The order came a few hours after Najib announced a plan to “take a short break to spend time with my family whom I have not seen enough of in recent years.”

Najib has been accused of diverting more than $4.5bn from Malaysia’s state-owned investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), in 2015. Some of that money is alleged to have ended up in Najib’s personal bank account. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Earlier this week, Najib’s long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition suffered a shock electoral defeat.

On Thursday, Mahathir Mohamad was sworn in as Malaysia’s new prime minister, becoming the world’s oldest elected leader at 92.

He has said there will be a thorough investigation into cases of alleged corruption including the one involving 1MDB.

Reacting to the travel ban, Najib said he will respect the direction and will remain with the family in the country.

Shyamal Bikash Chakma

Shyamal Bikash Chakma is Public Editor of The aPolitical and a PhD candidate in Development Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London and recipient of the Felix Scholarship 2017.
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