Anwar says Malaysia on verge of "golden era"

Former high ranking anti-graft officer lodges report against Najib

Mahathir made the statement in an interview hours before the Pardons Board was expected to meet on Wednesday regarding his expected successor, Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year jail term on sodomy charges that his supporters say were orchestrated by ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak.

That hope now looks stronger than ever, with 92-year-old new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad signaling he will yield to his one-time protege in one of the great turnabouts in Asian politics. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

In a drama that earned worldwide scorn, Anwar was brought into court with a black eye after a beating from the country's police chief. The king has also asked for an audience with Anwar at the national palace at 12.30pm.

Asked on Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah whose service contract as Treasury Secretary-General had been shortened to June 14 this year due to any wrongdoings after the secretaries-general of ministries meeting on Monday, Dr Mahathir said the government was now investigating and certain steps needed to be taken to facilitate investigation.

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

"I will play a role in the background even when I step down", he said.

Not that Mahathir is a novice to politics; far from that because he ruled Malaysia with an iron fist from 1981 to 2003. Wily customer with 70-years of political experience, Mahathir has revealed his inclination to have an able Cabinet filled with talent to undo the wrongs of Razak.

The second 'sodomy ' case against Anwar Ibrahim began in 2008.

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The highs and lows of the relationship between Anwar and Mahathir are extraordinary.

Anwar was freed in 2004 and cleared of the sodomy charges after Mahathir retired.

In an ominous sign for the former prime minister, Najib and his wife Rosmah were slapped with a travel ban by Malaysia's Immigration Department on Saturday, which stopped the couple from leaving for Jakarta. "But Mahathir may be reluctant to hand over to his former nemesis, and if he drags his feet other scenarios could come into play", said Peter Mumford of the Eurasia Group in a research note.

At least six countries, including the United States and Switzerland, are investigating claims that RM17bil was siphoned off from 1MDB.

Mahathir has replaced the attorney-general and officials at the anti-graft agency, in what appears to be a purge of people seen as close to the former premier.

In his book "A Doctor in the House", published in 2011, Mahathir recalled how he transformed his country from an agricultural backwater into an industrial powerhouse that became the 17thlargest trading nation in the world. "There will be no special powers given except as are given to ministers or deputy ministers or deputy prime ministers", Mahathir said.

"Just last week nobody would have thought that this posh boarding school boy would be rear ended by his old political headmaster", he said.

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