Najib Razak

Goldman stung by 1MDB corruption scheme

A high-profile corruption probe that has spanned continents has landed its first direct blow at Goldman Sachs.At least three senior Goldman bankers were implicated by the United States (US) Department of Justice (DOJ) in a multiyear criminal enterprise that included bribing officials in Malaysia and elsewhere and laundering of hundreds of millions of dollars.

2 November 2018

Wife of ex-Malaysian PM arrested

Rosmah Mansor, the flamboyant wife of Malaysia's former prime minister, was arrested Wednesday by the country's anti-graft agency over a multi-billion-dollar scandal that helped to bring down the last government.Investigations into the alleged looting of state fund 1MDB by an audacious international fraud ring have already seen her husband Najib Razak hit with more than two dozen charges including corruption and money laundering.He is out on bail following his spectacular fall from

4 October 2018

Malaysia ex-PM hit with 25 new charges

Malaysia's ex-leader Najib Razak was hit with 25 new charges of money laundering and abuse of power linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) mega-scandal Thursday, including allegations hundreds of millions of dollars were transferred to his personal bank account.As hundreds of banner-waving supporters gathered outside the Kuala Lumpur court, Najib pleaded not guilty to all counts, which represented the most serious in a string of charges he has faced over the alleged looting of

21 September 2018

The road ahead for New Malaysia

As Malaysia continues along an unfamiliar path – having only tasted rule under one party for over six decades – the new Alliance of Hope (Pakatan Harapan) government headed by Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamed must be careful to not repeat the mistakes of the previous administration.Since assuming office, Malaysia’s new government has wasted no time in admonishing its predecessor for incompetence whilst it held the reins of executive power in the country.

28 August 2018

Malaysia charges former PM Najib with money laundering

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak was charged under the anti-money laundering act in a case linked to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scandal, adding to his earlier charges of corruption and breach of trust.Najib was served with three counts of money laundering breaches related to SRC International, a former unit of state fund 1MDB.

8 August 2018

Malaysia to take possession of 1MDB-linked yacht

Malaysia is making "some arrangement" with Indonesia to take ownership of a luxury yacht linked to a multi-billion-dollar financial scandal, a government spokesman said Sunday.The Cayman Islands-registered Equanimity, believed to be worth some US$250 million, was seized in February off the Indonesian tourist island of Bali.

7 August 2018

Malaysia graft trial a sea change for Southeast Asia

It will be months before a verdict is reached in the corruption case brought against ex-Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is accused of siphoning money from a former unit of the state-owned 1MDB development fund. (He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.) But his arrest this week is more significant than many people outside the region may realize.

6 July 2018

Populism’s corrupt core

Populist electoral victories around the world in recent years have led many to conclude that liberal democracy is under assault.

5 July 2018

Najib faces jail time after being charged in 1MDB case

Malaysian authorities have charged former leader Najib Razak with corruption and criminal breach of trust in connection with a multibillion-dollar scandal surrounding state fund 1MDB.Najib faces three counts of criminal breach of trust, which carry a punishment of up to 20 years in jail and whipping, along with a possible fine.

4 July 2018

Malaysia said to plan arrest of Jho Low and ex-Goldman banker Ng

Malaysian authorities conducting a probe into troubled state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have issued an arrest warrant for financier Low Taek Jho and are preparing warrants for two others, including a former Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker, people with knowledge of the matter said.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has also issued an arrest warrant for Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil, a former official at a 1Malaysia Development Bhd unit.

8 June 2018

Malaysia said to consider probing Najib Razak for abuse of power

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s government is considering investigating former leader Najib Razak for alleged abuse of power, as it intensifies efforts to seek evidence of alleged wrongdoing at scandal-plagued state fund 1MDB just days after taking office.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission laid out in recent days a comprehensive list detailing the potential scope of investigations into 1MDB, according to people who have seen the document.

19 May 2018

Malaysian police seize items from ex-premier Najib, report says

Malaysian police seized personal items from former prime minister Najib Razak’s house in a six-hour overnight search, the New Straits Times reported, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s week-old government seeks evidence into wrongdoing at state fund 1MDB.Authorities took handbags, clothes and gifts as evidence but not any documents, the newspaper said, citing Najib Razak’s lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal.

17 May 2018