Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim released from prison

Malaysian reformist Anwar Ibrahim released from prison

On his readiness to accept any post if offered, Anwar said: "I have informed Tun Dr Mahathir that it is better for him, Wan Azizah and the team to continue and just allow me take some time [off] for my family, even though it is my wife who will be deputy prime minister". Najib started the fund in 2009 and US investigators say at least $4.5 billion was stolen and laundered by Najib's associates, some of which landed in his bank account.

New Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reopened a probe into a state investment fund that is being investigated overseas. He denies the corruption allegations and was cleared in a government investigation.

The finance ministry said in a statement Wednesday that a 6 percent goods and services tax introduced by Najib in 2016 to boost government revenues will be abolished June 1. It comes as Mahathir accelerates efforts to revive a probe into 1MDB, which was set up in 2009 under Najib's watch to support domestic infrastructure projects.

Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for up to two years during an uncertain transition period but has signaled the reins would be turned over to Anwar, who lost his parliament seat with his criminal conviction.

Grewal said there's "no indication at all" that Najib would be arrested.

At least a dozen armed policemen entered Najib's home late on Wednesday after he returned from prayers at a mosque, Reuters witnesses said.

In the largest single action ever brought under the US government's Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, the US State Department is seeking to recover more than US$1bn in assets that were looted from the 1MDB fund and laundered through the US.

And Mahathir announced that attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali had been sent on leave after he reported for work on Monday and would be temporarily replaced by the solicitor general, pending the results of a police report and investigation.

"Nothing serious. About two-three boxes (of them)", he said. He said his new government is also seeking to cut wastage in the government, including possibly axing 17,000 political appointees.

The second 'sodomy ' case against Anwar Ibrahim began in 2008.

Anwar was also imprisoned for six years after being overthrown as Mahathir's deputy prime minister in 1998 on earlier charges of sodomising his former family driver and abusing his power.

He said he hoped this week to have a 10-member cabinet before expanding it later but acknowledged that it was a challenge navigating his alliance. Critics said it was aimed at stifling free speech and dissenting voices, and Mahathir became one of the first people to be investigated under the law.

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