Ousted Malaysian PM Najib says will respect ban on travel overseas

Citizens were already sick of racially divisive politics in the multi-ethnic country and graft scandals under years of rule by the coalition

Citizens were already sick of racially divisive politics in the multi-ethnic country and graft scandals under years of rule by the coalition

Regarding the new Mahathir Cabinet, it was reported that Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Muhyiddin Yassin would be named the home minister, while DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will be finance minister and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu the defence minister.

It capped a dramatic comeback for Mahathir, who ruled the country with an iron fist for 22 years and came out of retirement to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak after the leader became embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.

"I have been informed that the Malaysian Immigration Department will not allow my family and me to go overseas", Najib said in a tweet after the immigration ban was announced. "I respect the decision and I will remain in the country with my family", he said.

Rosmah has always been a lightning rod for public anger in Malaysia due to her reported love of luxury shopping trips and vast collection of designer handbags.

The manifest of the jet, which is scheduled to fly from an airport near Kuala Lumpur to the Indonesian capital at 10:00 a.m. (0200 GMT), names Najib and his wife as passengers, two sources and two media reports said earlier. Riot police were stationed outside the gate where people believed Najib would enter.

His defeat could be just the start of his problems - Mahathir has vowed to bring him to justice over allegations that billions of dollars were looted from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB, which the scandal-hit leader set up and oversaw.

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"We have the right to know who is inside the vehicle, as a citizen I will fight for that", Raja Singham, a 49-year-old businessman, who had tried to block the van from entering the airport, said. We have suffered for so many years. Najib and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing. "I don't want them to get out of the country".

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

The new Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared Najib in 2016, saying the money was a donation from the Saudi royal family and that most of it was returned.

Anwar is in custody on charges of sodomy and corruption and can not take any office until he is pardoned and released. Mahathir and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the wife of his jailed ally Anwar Ibrahim, make up the rest of the Cabinet.

Opposition leader and veteran politician, Mahathir Mohamad was invited by Malaysia's king to form a government after the victory of the opposition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) over the government of Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional.

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