Whistle-blower site's founder free to enter Malaysia again

With the change in government,  Clare Rewcastle-Brown can now enter Malaysia freely again.
With the change in government, Clare Rewcastle-Brown can now enter Malaysia freely again. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

KUALA LUMPUR • Ms Clare Rewcastle-Brown, the founder of whistle-blower news site Sarawak Report that was among the first to publish claims about the 1MDB scandal, flew in to Kuala Lumpur on Friday without any problems, reported news site Malaysiakini.

In 2015, an arrest warrant was issued against her by the Najib administration for committing offences detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

But with the change in government, Ms Rewcastle-Brown can now enter Malaysia freely again.

"Obviously (I had) no problem, so that was great," Malaysiakini quoted her as saying upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport on Friday.

"Well, I've been assured these charges are being dropped, and Interpol is no longer being notified that Malaysia wants my extradition," she said, adding that she came to Malaysia to handle personal matters, and "do the sort of things that journalists get up to".

The London-based website had reported in 2015 on the debt-ridden 1MDB, including allegations that US$700 million (S$940 million) was transferred into then Prime Minister Najib Razak's personal accounts. The Sarawak Report website is now accessible in Malaysia again after being blocked for more than two years.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'Whistle-blower site's founder free to enter Malaysia again'. Print Edition | Subscribe