Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak gestures during his speech at United Malays National Organization (UMNO) building in Pekan, Malaysia. (AP)
Updated 20 May 2018
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Malaysia ex-leader seeks police protection amid graft probe

PEKAN, Malaysia: Malaysia’s national news agency is reporting that former Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is under investigation for a massive corruption scandal, has sought police protection over concern about his family’s safety.
Najib’s long-ruling coalition suffered a shocking defeat in May 9 elections amid anger over at least $4.5 billion that investigators say was looted and laundered by Najib’s associates from a state investment fund he set up.
The new government has reopened an investigation into the case, with police raiding Najib’s properties and seizing cash, jewelry and other valuables.
A spokesman for Najib told the Bernama news agency Sunday that Najib had asked “for protection for himself and his family as they fear for their safety.” He didn’t give details.
Najib’s main aide said he couldn’t immediately comment.


Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in midterm elections

Updated 17 October 2018
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Key allies quit Duterte Cabinet to run in midterm elections

  • More than 18,000 government posts are up for grabs, including 12 seats in the 24-member Senate

MANILA, Philippines: Close allies of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte have resigned from his Cabinet to run in elections next year that will test his popularity and could determine his future political influence.
Among those running in the May 13 midterm elections are Duterte’s former foreign secretary, who staunchly defended him from international criticism of his deadly anti-drug crackdown, his spokesman, his political adviser and a longtime aide. Aspirants have up to Wednesday to register as candidates.
More than 18,000 government posts are up for grabs, including 12 seats in the 24-member Senate, which stymied efforts by Duterte allies this year to rapidly open the country’s constitution to amendments and allow a shift to a federal system of government.