Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Malaysia's jailed opposition figure Anwar Ibrahim set to be pardoned

Mahathir won the election after his coalition Pakatan Harapan secured 113 seats out of the 222 seats at the parliament's lower house, unseating the Barisna Nasional coalition, which has run the country for more than 60 years and of which Mahathir used to serve as the chairman. It was a remarkable comeback for Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until his retirement in 2003 and is now the world's oldest leader at 92.

Asked Thursday if he would pursue a corruption investigation into Najib, Mahathir said the former leader would be subject to the rule of law. Anwar and Mahathir joined forces in an unlikely alliance that helped the opposition nail the electoral victory.

"Proper process of obtaining a pardon for Datuk Sri Anwar", said Mahathir.

Anwar was the heir apparent to then-Prime Minister Mahathir until 1998, when he was sacked and charged with corruption and sodomy.

"It is clear that the outcome represents a major change in Malaysian politics".

Anwar remains imprisoned since the 2015 sodomy trial - the second time he'd been jailed for the offense.

"The (king) has indicated he is willing to pardon Datuk Sri Anwar immediately", Mahathir told a press conference, using a Malay honorific. A full pardon by the king would mean Anwar can return to active politics. Without it, he would be banned from political life for five years. "He should be released immediately when he is pardoned".

Reporters and Anwar supporters gathered outside a hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he is recovering from a shoulder surgery. He thanked the Malaysian people for their support.

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He has said Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the deputy prime minister in his cabinet.

Meanwhile, speculation was mounting about Najib's future with a senior member of his party, former sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin, calling for "big changes" to be made without delay. This is some $700m (£520m) fund scandal.

"The attorney general has undermined his own credibility".

"He, in fact, has hidden evidence of wrongdoing, and that is wrong in law".

In 2016, Apandi said the Saudi royal family was the source of $681 million that mysteriously appeared in Najib's bank accounts, and closed the 1MDB probe.

His comments might raise eyebrows, however.

Dr Mahathir Mohamad says the money borrowed by the BN government is a great burden to the country.

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