Ousted Malaysian PM Najib says will respect ban on travel overseas

Nurul Izzah Anwar speaks to a reporter at the Hospital Rehabilitasi Cheras today

Malaysiakini, a news website, quoted a source close to Mr. Najib who said the former prime minister and his wife planned to go to Jakarta for a two-day trip but would return.

"The new government vows to uphold democracy, justice and human rights for all", said the statement, delivered by vice-president of his party, Tian Chua, who was visiting the leader in hospital.

Sri Lankan leaders congratulate newly elected Malaysian Premier Fri, May 11, 2018, 08:17 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

The National Front, which has ruled Malaysia since independent from Britain, obtained only 79 of the 222 parliamentary seats, losing power to Mahathir Mohamad's four-party alliance amid public anger over the 1MDB scandal and rising cost of living.

The party is in the alliance that won power at the hard-fought poll.

Najib had earlier tweeted he was going to take a "short break".

He indicated this could include Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali, who was appointed after Mr Najib sacked his predecessor in 2015 to escape possible prosecution over a corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund.

Mahathir said he will announce a cabinet on Saturday that would include himself, Wan Azizah and 10 others, including the ministers for finance, foreign affairs, defense and home affairs.


Mahathir, dubbed the "Father of Modern Malaysia" during his previous 22 years in power until 2003 was known for his strong-arm, sometimes pugnacious style of rule, marked by an intolerance for dissent.

Supporters of the incoming government took to the streets of Kuala Lumpur to celebrate the unexpected victory.

Mahathir, meanwhile, had retired and by 2009 the new prime minister was Najib Razak. He has denied wrongdoing.

The US State Department has alleged in civil lawsuits that US$4.5 billion was looted from the fund in an audacious scheme of fraud and money-laundering, and was used to buy everything from artworks to high-end real estate in the United States.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe extending "warmest felicitations" said the "close and cordial relations" between Sri Lanka and Malaysia will be further strengthened. Mahathir is being investigated under that law for claiming a plane he was to travel on was sabotaged during the campaign.

Malaysia's defeated prime minister Najib Razak said after his loss: "I accept the verdict of the people and BN is committed to the principles of democracy".

"Now the hard work begins", influential political website Malaysiakini.com said in an editorial.

Mr Mohamad says the new government will not conduct a witch-hunt, but that his predecessor will have to face the consequences if he has broken the law.

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