Anwar hails 'new dawn for Malaysia' following release from prison

Armed Malaysian police enter former PM Najib's home

After spending six years in jail, Anwar later used his star power to unite the previously hapless opposition before the latest sodomy charges cast him once again into the political wilderness. He jailed his former deputy on charges of sodomy and corruption.

A newly-declassified report on scandal-plagued Malaysia state fund 1MDB shows investigators expressed widespread concern about anomalies in its accounts, as Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad accelerates efforts to reopen probes into the company and the actions of his predecessor.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.

Mahathir was spurred out of retirement by a corruption scandal at 1MDB, a state fund that is being investigated by the USA and several other countries after associates of defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak allegedly stole and laundered $4.5 billion from it.

To another question that Dr Mahathir has said that EC was purposely delaying the 14th General Election results, he replied: " Even though I had said it, I can't grab hold and throw him to jail.

Mahathir also said that Anwar will be released from jail on Wednesday after the pardons board meets at 11 a.m.

Mahathir - who ruled Malaysia from 1981-2003 - came out of retirement to oust scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak in an astonishing election turnaround last week. He is now serving a five-year sentence on a second sodomy conviction. Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, is now the deputy premier.

Cracks have already emerged, with officials from Anwar's party alleging that Mahathir bulldozed the announcement of three top Cabinet posts.

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But differences with the proud Mahathir over how to respond to the 1998 Asian financial crisis spiraled into a bitter rift as Anwar called for reform and an end to UMNO corruption and nepotism. He reiterated his full support for Mahathir's leadership and said their political feud has always been buried.

"It all depends on the investigations being made and whether there is a case against him or not".

Anwar said that after working with Mahathir for many years he understands "that he cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia".

Mahathir vowed on Monday to investigate any faults that may have been committed by Najib's government and said all ministries had been instructed not to destroy any documents.

"The road ahead will challenge the best among us to deliver what we promised to the people", he said.

Najib and the fund deny any wrongdoing.

Anwar, who needs to contest a byelection to become a member of Parliament, said he doesn't want any Cabinet posts yet as he plans to spend time with his family and travel overseas for speaking engagements.

Mahathir also said he welcomed foreign direct investment in Malaysia by China and other countries, but such investment must bring in capital and technology and provide jobs for Malaysians.

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