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Cash filled suitcases seized from houses linked to former Malaysian PM

Cash filled suitcases seized from houses linked to former Malaysian PM Cash filled suitcases seized from houses linked to former Malaysian PM
Hannah Rogers | 18 May, 2018, 17:25

Malaysian police load a trolley onto a truck during a raid of three apartments in a condominum owned by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's family, in Kuala Lumpur, May 17, 2018, in this photo taken by The Straits Times. Anwar had served two years of his five year sentence.

The source told Malaysiakini that Mr Najib should be accorded better courtesy by virtue of being a former PM. "The entire spectrum of Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, have stood by the principles of democracy and freedom".

The election result was a demand for change and it's the new government's responsibility to ensure that mandate is honoured, he said.

On Wednesday he sparked a frenzy when he walked out of a hospital where he had been receiving treatment - a free man once again. "After the second call, he was totally shattered", Anwar said.

The former autocrat Mahathir, who headed BN for 22 years until 2003, came out of retirement to lead the disparate opposition to a surprise victory.

Najib's coalition secured only 79 of Malaysia's 222 parliamentary seats while Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR) won 50 seats.

Anwar sought to allay those concerns, saying he was not in a hurry to take over from Mahathir.

"Thank god, thank you Tuanku (His Majesty the King)", were his first words to the media - Bernama - which covered him having an audience with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong at Istana Negara accompanied by his wife, who is also Parti Keadilan Rakyat president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and party deputy president Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Police pored over "thousands and thousands of personal items", according to Najib's lawyer, seizing handbags, before their attention turned to the safe.

It was while serving the prison term that the opposition, now led by Mahathir, defeated the party that had been ruling since independence.

Following his release, Mr Anwar said he had forgiven Mr Mahathir and stated he will give full support to the new government. He made his sacrifices and was maligned in the media. "Why should I harbour any malice toward him?"

Mahathir, with whom Anwar joined forces to win last Wednesday's election, was at the palace to greet him.

Najib was accused by Mahathir of corruption in relation to 1MDB, the state development fund he created in 2009.

"Long live Anwar", supporters on motorbikes yelled as they pulled into the royal compound in support of their newly-freed leader.

It's unlikely that he ever imagined he would be returning to power at the age of 92.

The 1MDB scandal spawned global probes as investigators tracked a money trail stretching from Switzerland to Singapore and the US. Anwar said he was touched that his 20-year struggle for reform has finally paid off.

At a press conference on Thursday, Mahathir had said police had enough reason to raid Najib's residences. He said there must be transparency and accountability to ensure the deals are in the nation's interest.

"Mahathir has been in power for just a week so it's not proper to talk about an immediate transition".

"Prison officers and staff. were kind, they were compassionate, they were very supportive", he said of his time in jail.

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