Malaysian lawyer starts hunger strike after arrest

Malaysian lawyer goes on hunger strike after his arrest over alleged corruption scandal involving Prime Minister of Malaysia

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Malaysian PM Najib Razak is accused of an alleged corruption scandal

Malaysian lawyer, Matthias Chang began a hunger strike on Friday after he was arrested and detained over the allegations that he was attempting to expose the alleged corruption scandal involving Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak and asking the US for help with investigating the scandal.

Chang visited Khairuddin Abu Hassan, former ruling party member who was arrested last month after he started a campaign to expose the alleged corruption scandal.

Previously, Chang said Khairuddin had made an effort to convince the US to conduct an investigation into money transfers to Razak’s asserted accounts.

“My arrest and detention reveal glaringly for all to see how deceitful and dishonest the manner in which I was arrested and detained,” said Chang.

“This is a typical mind game perpetrated by those who desire to subjugate a suspect to their will.”

“In most cases, the sudden turn of events would overwhelm the suspect, his family and even his solicitors and he would definitely be traumatized,” he added.

Khairuddin was fired from Najib’s United Malays National Organisation in February. Upon this, he visited many countries to reveal Najib and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), corruption scandal before being arrested last month.

The Malaysian prime minister is facing increasing accusations regarding missing money belonging to 1MDB, state-owned development company he ran. In July it was revealed that approximately $700 million dollars were transferred to Najib’s personal accounts.

Both Najib and his company 1MDB, fiercely deny the accusations. The Inquisition into the scandal has been put on hold and security officers raided the offices of the country’s anti-corruption agency in August.

TRTWorld and agencies