Malaysian politician ousted due to his criticism of PM

Son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been ousted because of his criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak over $700 million financial scandal

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak leaving parliament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, January 26, 2016.

Updated Feb 4, 2016

Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, has been ousted from his position in Kedah state assembly because of his criticism of Prime Minister Najib Razak over the $700 million financial scandal.

Prime Minister Najib Razak was accused of corruption and criminal offences and has faced intense pressure to resign as critics claimed the money he received to his personal bank accounts came from the state owned investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) which was set up by Najib in 2009.

Mukhriz stated that the ruling Malay party was now at "its weakest point” and also tainted by the $700 million financial scandal.

"The true reason for this action against me is due to my criticism of the prime minister, as he himself has admitted," Mukhriz said, in a statement read out at a news conference.

"My criticism was on the 1MDB scandal and the 2.6 billion ringgit donation and the increasing burden on the people caused by GST (Goods and Services Tax)." 

Meanwhile, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak is not among those accused of wrongdoing in an investigation by Switzerland's chief prosecutor into alleged corruption involving the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) sovereign fund, a Swiss official said.

"In the ongoing criminal proceeding of the OAG (Office of Attorney General), Mr. Najib Razak is not one of the public officials under accusation,"  Andre Marty, spokesman for the Office of Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber said in an emailed statement.

TRTWorld and agencies