Malaysian PM Expels 1MDB Critics From Ruling Party – WSJ

Malaysian Prime Minister Expels 1MDB Critics From Ruling Party

Muhyiddin Yassin and Mukhriz Mahathir are critics of Najib Razak’s handling of scandal surrounding state investment fund

KUALA LUMPUR—Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday expelled two politicians from the ruling party, including his former deputy prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, state news agency Bernama reported.

In addition to Mr. Muhyiddin, Mr. Najib expelled former Kedah state chief minister Mukhriz Mahathir, the son of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, from the ruling United Malays National Organization, Bernama reported, quoting Mr. Najib.

The prime minister’s office prime minister’s office said it would not comment on the matter. Mr. Muhyiddin and Mr. Mukrhiz couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Both Mr. Muhyiddin and Mr. Mukrhiz have been staunch critics in recent months of Mr. Najib’s handling of a growing scandal surrounding a state investment fund he founded in 2009 to promote economic growth, and both of them have joined the former prime minister’s campaign urging Mr. Najib to step down.

The fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd., better known as 1MDB, is being investigated in at least seven countries. Some investigators have said they believe that $6 billion has gone missing from the fund.

The expulsions came a day after the government announced that the head of the country’s antigraft agency would step down Aug. 1.

Mr. Najib and 1MDB have repeatedly denied wrongdoing, and 1MDB has said it is cooperating with the investigations. Malaysia’s attorney general, Mohamed Apandi Ali, cleared Mr. Najib of wrongdoing in January.

Malaysian Prime Minister Expels 1MDB Critics From Ruling Party
By Yantoultra Ngui
June 24, 2016 – WSJ


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