Malaysia's Mahathir says anti-fake news law to be given "proper" definition

Mahathir said Malaysia's king had agreed to pardon Anwar, who was jailed in 2015 for sodomy in a conviction that he said was politically motivated.

Najib and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.

Asked about other possible crimes, Mahathir said: "We can not do everything at the same time at one go".

Second day in office, Mahathir announced appointments of senior ministers in the new Cabinet.

Mahathir Mohamad vowed on Sunday to review a controversial law against "fake news" hurriedly passed before the elections and seen as aimed at critics of his scandal-tainted predecessor. Mahathir and Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the wife of his jailed ally Anwar Ibrahim, make up the rest.

Police will analyse CCTV footage from a deluxe apartment block in Kuala Lumpur, part of an investigation into allegations a government vehicle delivered boxes there for the wife of Malaysia's ousted prime minister Najib Razak, the city's police chief said. USA investigators say Najib's associates stole and looted $4.5 billion from the fund, but Najib denies any wrongdoing.

Najib's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition last week suffered a shock defeat to an alliance of parties headed by the elderly Mahathir Mohamad, ending the corruption-mired regime's six decades in power.

"The results of the election and the peaceful transition of government affirm the adherence of the Malaysian people to the democratic process", it said.

Mahathir, who earlier cast doubt on Apandi's credibility, said Monday that the country's solicitor-general will take over Apandi's job while he goes on leave.

In 2016, the then-attorney general cleared Najib after saying the money in his account was a "personal donation" from a Saudi royal family member, and most of it was returned.

I celebrated this complex man's atonement with a meal at PappaRich, a franchised Malaysian coffee house, feeling proud that, after 60 years, Malaysians have lately become immunised to the bribes of wealth and privilege conferred by the "rich pappas".

Malaysian markets have been closed since the election, but overseas investors have been nervous of what lies ahead because of Mahathir's populist promises.

He's set to create a new world record when he's sworn in, supplanting former Indian Prime Minister Morarji Ranchhodji Desai as the oldest prime minister ever appointed.

Businessman Raja Singham, 49, who had tried to block the van from entering, said: "We have the right to know who is inside the auto, as a citizen I will fight for that".

Shedding light on 1MDB is only one part of Mahathir's move to root out corruption after a scandal that even Najib admitted hurt Malaysia's worldwide reputation.

Mahathir was credited with modernizing Malaysia during his 22 year rule that ended in 2003 but was also known as a heavy-handed leader who imprisoned opponents and subjugated the courts.

  • Leroy Wright