Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir faces corruption investigation | Corruption News

The head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said the former leader was “among those being investigated”.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is being investigated in connection with a corruption probe into his sons, the country’s anti-corruption agency has confirmed.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Azam Baqi said on Thursday that Mahathir was “one of the targets of investigation”.

“We want the investigation to be completed first until the appropriate time when we can announce the outcome of the case,” Azam told reporters in the northeastern state of Kelantan.

A spokesman for Mahathir, who led the Southeast Asian country from 1981 to 2003 and from 2018 to 2020, declined to comment.

In January, the MACC ordered Mr Mahathir’s two eldest sons, Mirzan Mahathir and Mokhzani Mahathir, to declare their assets as part of an investigation into the Pandora Papers and Panama Papers leaks.

Mahathir, 98, is known for being a vocal critic of the current prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, who was elected in 2022 with the aim of eradicating corruption in the upper echelons of power.

Mr Anwar, who represented Mr Mahathir in the 1990s until his imprisonment, denied accusations that he used anti-corruption as a pretext to target political opponents and insisted he would intervene in the case.

In February, the MACC charged Daim Zainuddin and his wife, former finance ministers and allies of Mr Mahathir, with failing to disclose their assets.

Mahathir’s second son Mokhzani Mahathir told Bloomberg News in an interview last month that his father was the “prime suspect” in the investigation.

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