Malaysia opposition leader urges PM to step down amid 1MDB scandal

Malaysian opposition said the government should also push for an independent commission to investigate graft claims in the state-owned fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

By: Reuters | Kuala Lumpur | Updated: July 22, 2016 10:07 am
Najib Razak, malaysia prime minister, corruption Najib Razak, corruption in Malaysia Malaysia: Opposition demanded PM Najib Razak’s resignation after US prosecutors filed lawsuits against state-owned company. (Source: AP)

The leader of a Malaysian opposition party called on Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down on Thursday after US prosecutors filed lawsuits linked to scandal-plagued state-owned fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the president of the People’s Justice Party (PKR), said the government should also push for an independent commission to investigate graft claims outlined by the civil suits filed in California on Wednesday.

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“I believe the Malaysian people want Dato’ Sri Najib to go on leave as prime minister so as not to create the perception of abuse of power or process to halt or hinder a full and transparent investigation on this very serious issue,” Wan Azizah said in a statement.

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