Malaysia leader challenges PM to attend 1MDB meet
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”.