Ex-Malaysia Leader Calls for Dismissal of Current PM Amid Corruption Claims

© AFP 2022 / KAZUHIRO NOGIMalaysia's former prime minister Mahathir bin Mohamad speaks in a dialogue at the 21st International Conference of The Future of Asia at a hotel in Tokyo on May 22, 2015
Malaysia's former prime minister Mahathir bin Mohamad speaks in a dialogue at the 21st International Conference of The Future of Asia at a hotel in Tokyo on May 22, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has called on the country's Parliament to dismiss Najib Razak, who currently holds the post, amid allegations of corruption, according to Mahathir’s official blog.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) listens while US Secretary of State John Kerry talks before a meeting at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya on August 5, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik)  The incumbent prime minister is facing accusations that he misappropriated over $600 million from the state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

"A vote of non-confidence is necessary now because Najib has made BN [the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition] members of parliament beholden to him by giving them lucrative posts in the government… [But a number of lawmakers] do not believe the nonsensical explanations about the disappearance of 1MDB money or the RM2.6 billion [$630 million] in Najib’s private account," Mahathir, prime minister between 1981 and 2003, wrote on Thursday in his official blog.

Najib Razak, prime minister since 2009, has denied the allegations, calling them "political sabotage," and halted the investigation into corruption claims, dismissing several lawmakers, including Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

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