Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir under investigation for corruption allegations | Corruption News

The chairman of Malaysia’s Anti-Corruption Commission said the former leader was “among those under investigation”.

Malaysia’s anti-corruption agency has confirmed that the country’s former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is under investigation in connection with corruption allegations involving his sons.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chairman Azam Baki said on Thursday that Mahathir was “one of the people under investigation”.

“Let’s first complete the investigation until an appropriate time when we can make public the findings of our investigation into the incident,” Azam told reporters in the northeastern state of Kelantan.

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

In January, the MACC ordered Mahathir’s two eldest sons, Mirzan Mahathir and Mokhzani Mahathir, to declare their assets as part of its investigations following the Pandora and Panama Papers leaks.

Mahathir, 98, is known as a vocal critic of incumbent Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was elected in 2022 on a platform of rooting out corruption in the establishment.

Anwar, who served as Mahathir’s deputy prime minister in the 1990s before his jailing, has denied accusations that he used an anti-corruption campaign to attack political opponents and has stressed he will not intervene in the case.

In February, the MACC filed charges against Daim Zainuddin, a former finance minister and ally of Mahathir, and his wife for failing to disclose assets.

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

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