Najib to face anti-graft agency, as raids net trove of luxury goods

Boxes containing a large number of luxury handbags as well as bags filled with jewellery, cash, watches and other valuables were carted away during police raids on former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's home and condo units linked to his famil
Boxes containing a large number of luxury handbags as well as bags filled with jewellery, cash, watches and other valuables were carted away during police raids on former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's home and condo units linked to his family.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Malaysia's former prime minister Najib Razak is to be questioned next week by the anti-graft agency over a probe involving a former unit of state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, as the authorities zoomed in on premises linked to him in the last two days.

Police in their raids on Datuk Seri Najib's home and condominium units linked to his family found a large haul of luxury handbags, watches, cash and jewellery that were carted away as part of the probe into possible money laundering.

Meanwhile, the week-old Mahathir Mohamad administration announced a 14-member Cabinet that will form the core of the first non-Barisan Nasional government since Malaysia's independence 61 years ago.

Pakatan Harapan leader Anwar Ibrahim, in an interview with The Straits Times, said he was surprised by the clear mandate given in the May 9 elections. "We expected to win, but by a very small margin."

He said the Cabinet will not be run by his family, with his daughter, MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, declining a ministerial post. Datuk Seri Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has two Cabinet portfolios.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2018, with the headline 'Najib to face anti-graft agency, as raids net trove of luxury goods'. Print Edition | Subscribe