Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Medicine | By Douglas Stevenson

Malaysia's Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss

Malaysia's Najib hit with travel ban after poll loss

Najib said he and his wife Rosmah Mansor were planning to go on an overseas holiday following which the Immigration Department made the announcement via its social site account, BBC reported.

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

U.S. Attorney-General Jeff Sessions called the 1MDB scandal "kleptocracy at its worst" and the fund is the subject of money-laundering investigations in at least six countries, including Switzerland, Singapore and the United States.

Earlier, Zahid told Channel NewsAsia that Najib will announce at the meeting his decision to step down.

Former Malaysian Prime Minster Najib Razak (R front) attends a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 12, 2018.

Mahathir said the new government will not conduct a witch hunt, but Najib will have to face the consequences if he has broken the law. Both Najib and the fund deny any wrongdoing.

However, it was soon followed by a tweet saying that he had been informed that the immigration department of Malaysia doesn't allow him to leave the country.

Mahathir Mohamad, the 92-year-old "comeback kid" whose opposition coalition toppled Najib last week, said that he had blocked the flight as Malaysia "didn't want to be saddled" with the potential challenges of a future extradition case.

Moments later again, Najib said in a Twitter message that he would respect the decision and would remain in the country.

Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak has resigned as president of his UMNO party, and as chairman of the Barisan Nasional coalition, which ruled Malaysia for 60 years, with immediate effect, shortly after he was issued a travel ban.

"We are looking for government documents that may have been illegally taken", said a senior police officer, who requested anonymity as he was not authorised to talk to the media.

Mahathir said the inquiries would take some time because investigators need to contact authorities in other countries and gather evidence.

Malaysia's former prime minister has been banned from leaving the country amid speculation he was about to flee to possibly avoid prosecution over a massive corruption scandal.

"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.

US investigators say Najib's associates stole and looted $4.5 billion from the fund, with some $700 million landing in Najib's bank account and around $30 million used to buy jewelry for his wife.

He also said he had instructed that a 1MDB report that was classified as an official secret during Najib's term be released.

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