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Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim to receive royal pardon

12 May 2018

A Facebook user who goes by the screen name Curi-curi Wang Malaysia shared a photo on May 11 night, on which the names of the passengers set to take the plane are MR NAJIB RAZAK and MRS ROSMAH MANSOR.

The ousted Malaysian prime minister, Najib Razak, has been prevented from leaving the country after appearing to attempt to take a flight to Indonesia.

How has Mr Najib reacted to the ban?

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".

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Many with his UMNO party had called on him to step down after his defeat.

"But there has to be a collective decision including from the president (Najib)", he said. It's yet to be seen if in his new avatar as PM, the once formidable strongman can give his people more democratic freedoms, and eschew authoritarian tendencies, while expanding economic modernisation that he had brought about in his earlier stint as PM (1981-2003).

Mahathir, who is the world's oldest elected leader, has said that the king has agreed to pardon jailed leading politician Anwar Ibrahim, paving the way for his return to politics and to potentially become premier.

"I respect the directive and will remain with my family in the country". Police were guarding the airport. "We believe Mahathir can make a change", he said.

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The election result is a political quake for the Muslim-majority country, sweeping aside the 60-year rule of the National Front and its leader Najib Razak, whose reputation was tarnished by a monumental corruption scandal, a crackdown on dissent and the imposition of an unpopular sales tax that hurt many of his coalition's poor rural supporters. "What we want is to restore the rule of law. if the law says that Najib has done something wrong, then he will have to face the consequences". Notable among these are promises to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST); investigate scandal-plagued institutions, specifically the government-owned 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB); and re-introduce fuel subsidies. "I am confident that these close and cordial relations will be further strengthened and consolidated in the years ahead for the mutual benefit of our countries".

Filings by the US Justice Department in a civil lawsuit indicated almost $30 million of the money stolen was used to buy jewellery for Rosmah, including a rare 22-carat pink diamond set in a necklace.

Najib has denied wrongdoing and Malaysia's attorney-general has cleared him of any offence, saying the funds were a legitimate donation from the Saudi royal family. I apologise for any shortcomings and mistakes, and I thank you, the people, for the opportunity to lead our great nation.

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Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim to receive royal pardon