Malaysia leader chal­lenges PM to at­tend 1MDB meet

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

Malaysia’s for­mer leader Ma­hathir Mo­hamad urged the prime min­is­ter yes­ter­day to at­tend a town hall meet­ing fo­cus­ing on a mas­sive fi­nan­cial scan­dal, heap­ing fresh pres­sure on the scan­dal-hit pre­mier. The saga sur­round­ing the 1MDB state in­vest­ment fund has rocked Prime Min­is­ter Na­jib Razak’s gov­ern­ment, with claims the pre­mier took part in the al­leged loot­ing of huge sums from the fund. Ma­hathir, 92, has come out of re­tire­ment from pol­i­tics, formed his own party and joined forces with his old foe An­war Ibrahim in an op­po­si­tion al­liance that aims to un­seat Na­jib at elec­tions due by 2018. He has ex­co­ri­ated Na­jib over 1MDB, say­ing that Malaysia is “con­trolled by thieves”.

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