Malaysian police open defamation probe against ex-PM Mahathir

(From Reuters)

Former Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad is under investigation for defaming the attorney-general in blog posts criticising his failure to bring corruption charges against Prime Minister Najib Razak, police said on Monday.

Mahathir electrified crowds at the demonstrations by calling for a sustained public push to topple Najib

Former Malaysia leader Mahathir Mohamad joining a protest against Najib’s rule in this file photo

The feud between Malaysia’s past and current leaders has gripped the Southeast Asian nation for almost a year, with Mahathir repeatedly calling on Najib, his former protege, to step down over a financial scandal at indebted state-fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

In a Feb. 5 posting on his personal blog, Mahathir wrote attorney-general Mohamad Apandi Ali had “no credibility”, after he cleared Najib of any criminal offences or corruption arising from a graft probe into a $681 million deposit in Najib’s personal bank account.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said several police reports had been lodged against Mahathir over his attack on Apandi.

Mahathir on Monday used his blog account to issue his own challenge to Apandi.

“As a good Muslim he should swear on the Quran in a mosque witnessed by mosque officials and the public that the reports did not implicate Najib in any way,” wrote Mahathir. “He should not try to cheat by vowing in his heart something else, and swearing aloud something else. That would be a double sin. He will go to a worse hell.” Read More



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