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Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan coalition backs Anwar as PM

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim announced on Wednesday the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition nominated him as its candidate for prime minister. Anwar’s People’s Justice Party (PKR) members also announced they are putting his name forward as the country’s leader. The announcement follows the resignation on Monday of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is currently running Malaysia in…

Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan coalition backs Anwar as PM

Malaysia’s Anwar Ibrahim announced on Wednesday the Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition nominated him as its candidate for prime minister.
Anwar’s People’s Justice Party (PKR) members also announced they are putting his name forward as the country’s leader.
The announcement follows the resignation on Monday of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is currently running Malaysia in an acting capacity.
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The struggle between Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, who formed a surprise pact to win the 2018 election, has shaped Malaysian politics for more than two decades and is at the root of the latest crisis.

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Mahathir, the world’s oldest head of government in his role as interim prime minister, proposed a unified administration without political party allegiances at a time Malaysia faces a flagging economy and the impact of the new coronavirus.
Earlier on Wednesday, Mahathir delivered a national address and apologised for the “political turmoil” he caused.
“As a normal human being I am bound to making mistakes. I apologise if my resignation was wrong,” the veteran leader said.
“If it is possible I will try to establish a government that does not favour any party. Only the interests of the nation will take precedence.”
‘Backdoor government’
In a statement, Anwar said he opposed “any efforts to form a backdoor government”.
“Pakatan invited Mahathir to chair a meeting to restore Pakatan Harapan, but he disagreed to attend the meeting on Tuesday,” said Anwar.
“Therefore, the presidential committee has decided that Anwar Ibrahim is the prime minister nominee for Pakatan.
“We wait for the decision of the king,” he later told a news conference.
To try to end the crisis, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah has been meeting all 222 elected members of parliament over two days.
Those in the meetings said they were asked to name their favoured prime minister or whether they wanted new elections.

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Anwar’s PKR has 39 seats and alliance partners could potentially give it another 62.
While some politicians have openly voiced support for Mahathir to stay in office, it was not clear whether enough of them would give him their backing.
Political tangle
The volatile relationship between Anwar and Mahathir helped prompt the latest crisis after Mahathir resisted pressure to set a date for a promised transfer of power to Anwar made ahead of the 2018 election.
As well as personal relationships, politics in Malaysia is shaped by a tangle of ethnic and religious interests. The largely Muslim country of 32 million is more than half ethnic Malay, but has large ethnic Chinese, Indian and other minorities.
A unity government cutting across party lines could give Mahathir greater authority than during a spell as prime minister from 1981 until his retirement in 2003.
But the idea was rejected on Tuesday by an alliance of four parties including the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which ruled Malaysia for six decades until being defeated by Mahathir’s coalition in 2018.
The four parties said they had told the king they wanted a new election instead.
After their election defeat under former prime minister Najib Razak, those parties’ fortunes have been on the rise while the Pakatan coalition of Mahathir and Anwar has lost five by-elections.
Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy and a rising political star when Mahathir was prime minister the first time but they fell out.
Anwar was arrested and jailed in the late 1990s for sodomy and corruption, charges he and his supporters maintain were aimed at ending his political career.
Additional reporting by Ted Regencia from Kuala Lumpur
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Malaysia’s Najib gets 12 years in jail for 1MDB-linked graft case |NationalTribune.com

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been sentenced to serve 12 years in jail after a court in Kuala Lumpur found him guilty of corruption in the first of several cases linked to the alleged theft of billions of dollars from the state fund, 1MDB. Tuesday’s ruling makes Najib the…

Malaysia’s Najib gets 12 years in jail for 1MDB-linked graft case |NationalTribune.com

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been sentenced to serve 12 years in jail after a court in Kuala Lumpur found him guilty of corruption in the first of several cases linked to the alleged theft of billions of dollars from the state fund, 1MDB.
Tuesday’s ruling makes Najib the first Malaysian leader to be convicted of corruption.
But the 67-year-old remains free as Judge Mohamad Nazlan Ghazali granted a stay order on the execution of Najib’s sentence, pending an appeal.
“Surely, I am not satisfied with the result,” Najib told reporters as he exited Kuala Lumpur’s High Court.
“But within our system, the high court is the first court and the decision was only made by one judge. We have the benefit of an appeal,” he added, vowing to “continue the effort to clear my name”. 
The guilty verdict against Najib relates to his role in diverting an estimated 42 million ringgit ($9.87m) from SRC International, a unit of 1MDB, into his personal bank accounts. The judge had found the former prime minister guilty on all seven charges filed against him. 
“I find that the prosecution has successfully proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt. I therefore find the accused guilty and convict the accused on all seven charges,” Mohamad said.

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He then ordered Najib to pay a fine of 210 million ringgit ($49m) and gave him 12 years in jail on one count of abuse of power, 10 years each for three counts of criminal breach of trust and 10 years each for three counts of money laundering.
But the judge also ordered the sentences to run concurrently, meaning Najib will serve 12 years in prison.
The conviction comes just six days after the high court ordered Najib to pay the government as much as 1.69 billion ringgit ($400m) in unpaid taxes and penalties, covering the years from 2011 to 2017.
‘Political vengeance’
Prior to the sentencing, Datuk V Sithambaram, the lead prosecutor in the case, had called for a ruling that serves “as a precedent for all in public office that no one is above the law”.
Najib then took the dock to defend himself, insisting that he was not aware of the SRC payment into his bank accounts.
“I did not demand the 42 million nor was it offered to me. There is no witness who can say so,” he said.
Prosecutors had argued that Najib played a direct role and gave instructions to deposit the 42 million ringgit into his bank accounts, which was later used for political funding, the purchase of luxury goods and renovations on his property.
But the former prime minister’s lead defence lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said Najib was “not part of the conspiracy” to the defraud the government, laying the blame on party-loving fugitive Malaysian financier Jho Low.
When news of the guilty verdict reached Najib’s supporters gathered outside Kuala Lumpur’s High Court some cried while others shouted, “Long live my boss.” Some also condemned the judge’s verdict as “political vengeance”.

The crowd outside Kuala Lumpur’s High Court following the arrival of #Malaysia ex-PM Najib ahead of his graft verdict on Tuesday. pic.twitter.com/njmnZa7kV4
— Ted Regencia تِد (@tedregencia) July 28, 2020

Later when Najib exited the court building, the crowd cheered and chanted his name. 
Lim Wei Jiet, a Malaysian constitutional lawyer, called Tuesday’s ruling “historical” because it marked the first time a former leader has been convicted of an offence. 
Suspension of sentences pending an appeal was normal, he said.
“It is not over yet. Having said that, it doesn’t mean we can’t stop and appreciate that this is a small step in the rejuvenation of the rule of law in Malaysia. Only two years back, there was a state-sanctioned attempt to silent any form of dissent regarding 1MDB. Today, at the very least, there is some form of vindication for those who dared to stand up against the powers that be, often at great personal risk.”
The United States Department of Justice alleges $4.5bn in government money had been drained from 1MDB during Najib’s time as prime minister. The scandal at 1MDB fuelled mass protests and led to the downfall of Najib’s government in May 2018.
The former leader has faced three separate trials in relation to 1MDB so far. 

Sokongan padu ahli UMNO dan rakyat kpd DS @NajibRazak dari seluruh negara. pic.twitter.com/EARsgJsxpj
— Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (@DrZahidHamidi) July 28, 2020

The second case against Najib covers several charges, including 21 counts of money laundering involving $550m directly from 1MDB, while the third case, which started on November 18, relates to the alleged abuse of power and cover-up of an audit report at 1MDB.
Two more trials are also pending.
But Najib has remained free on bail despite the charges against him, criticising the policies of his former mentor, Mahathir Mohamad and the coalition that replaced him.
Mahathir himself was forced to leave the job in March this year, after a group of disgruntled former members of his coalition, backed by Najib’s party, UMNO, pledged their support to the current Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.
Additional reporting by Zaheena Rasheed
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Malaysia’s king appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister

Malaysia’s king has appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, the latest twist to a weeklong political crisis. In a statement issued by the palace on Saturday, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said Muhyiddin, a former interior minister and president of the Bersatu party, will be sworn in on Sunday as he likely commands the…

Malaysia’s king appoints Muhyiddin Yassin as prime minister

Malaysia’s king has appointed seasoned politician Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister, the latest twist to a weeklong political crisis.
In a statement issued by the palace on Saturday, Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah said Muhyiddin, a former interior minister and president of the Bersatu party, will be sworn in on Sunday as he likely commands the most support of any candidate.
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The appointment came after this week’s shock resignation of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a move that plunged the country into crisis following a weekend of political wrangling and the collapse of the ruling alliance. 
“The process to appoint the prime minister cannot be delayed because the country needs a government for the wellbeing of the people and the nation,” the palace statement said. The king appoints the country’s prime minister. 
The king decreed that “it was the best decision for all”.
The announcement came hours after Mahathir struck a new deal to work with his former ruling alliance led by rival Anwar Ibrahim and threw his name into the fray again. 
But the palace announced that King Abdullah believed that Muhyiddin has the support of a majority of legislators. 
“I only ask for all Malaysians to accept the decision announced by the national palace today,” Muhyiddin told reporters at his home.
‘Given a chance’
Mahathir, 94, had led the Alliance of Hope (Pakatan Harapan, or PH) to a spectacular election win in 2018 but the government imploded on Monday when he unexpectedly quit.
Muhyiddin had emerged on Friday as the frontrunner after receiving more backing from legislators than PH’s Anwar Ibrahim, a longtime rival and sometime ally of Mahathir.
The appointment of Muhyiddin, who heads Mahathir’s Bersatu party, will ironically bring back to power the United Malays National Organization, which was overthrown by Mahathir’s governing alliance in a historic vote in May 2018.
Amy, a Malaysian voter from Kuala Lumpur, said while she likes Mahathir and supported him during the 2018 elections, she welcomes the election of Muhyiddin.
“He should be given a chance,” she told Al Jazeera. 
Razali, 62, a Malaysian resident from the city of Ipoh, said he trusts the king to pick the right leader for the country.
“So whoever he picks, we go with it,” he said. “Mahathir is already 94 years old, and it is time for him to retire.”
Additional reporting by Ted Regencia from Kuala Lumpur
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Malaysia’s Mahathir submits resignation to king

The tussle between old rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, is the latest chapter in the long-running political saga between two of the country’s most prominent political figures [File: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters] Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his resignation on Monday, according to reports, paving the way for a possible formation of a new government.…

Malaysia’s Mahathir submits resignation to king

The tussle between old rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, is the latest chapter in the long-running political saga between two of the country’s most prominent political figures [File: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters]
Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced his resignation on Monday, according to reports, paving the way for a possible formation of a new government.
Two sources with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed the report to Reuters, corroborating an earlier news article published in the Kuala Lumpur-based Malaysian Insight.
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Mahathir’s decision follows a weekend of political wrangling, after it was reported on Sunday night that the his party was planning to form a new government that would exclude his anointed successor, Anwar Ibrahim.
The tussle between old rivals Mahathir, 94, and Anwar, 72, is the latest chapter in the long-running political saga between two of the country’s most prominent political figures.
Anwar and Mahathir united ahead of the 2018 election to drive out the UMNO-dominated Barisan Nasional coalition that had ruled the Southeast Asian country for six decades, in a surprise victory that led to the ouster of then-Prime Minister Najib Razak. 
But tension between the two in their Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) coalition had been growing, as Mahathir resisted setting a specific timetable for keeping his promise to hand power to Anwar.
The coalition’s political fortunes have been waning with defeat in five recent by-elections.
Anwar also had a split with party mate, Mohamed Azmin Ali, the econonic affairs minister, who was among those who joined the meeting on Sunday night.
Anwar was Mahathir’s deputy when the latter was prime minister during his first stint from 1981 to 2003. But Mahathir sacked him in 1998 after they disagreed on how to handle the financial crisis.
Soon afterwards, Anwar was jailed for sodomy, charges he says were trumped up.

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