A Malaysian police officer pushes a trolley during a raid of three apartments in a condominum owned by former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak's family, in Kuala Lumpur, May 17, 2018, in this photo taken by The Straits Times. USA investigators said Najib's associates stole and looted $4.5 billion from the fund, of which some $700 million landed in Najib's bank account and some $30 million used to buy jewelry for his wife. Najib was asked to explain the alleged transfer of $681m from SRC International, a subsidiary of the 1MDB fund, into his personal bank account.
In her first statement since Najib's long-ruling coalition was ousted in May 9 elections, Rosmah Mansor said authorities conducting a corruption and money-laundering investigation should avoid a "premature public trial" of her family.
Najib also admitted that he made a decision to pour his heart out in Pekan, where he started his career in politics, as the people here knew him well since he had served the constituency for 42 years.
Najib and Rosmah have been barred from leaving Malaysia.
In the early hours of Friday morning, police seized 72 bags containing jewellery, various currencies and valuables at a luxury condominium in Jalan Raja Chulan here, believed to be linked to the former prime minister, as part of investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) case.
Najib slammed the police raids as "irresponsible and cavalier", his lawyer Harpal Singh Grewal said Saturday. The government has also told the current attorney general, who cleared Razak of wrongdoing in 2016, to go on leave, and has relieved the country's treasury chief, who is also the 1MDB chairman.
The new cabinet inducted Monday was led by Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, president of the People's Justice Party (PKR) and wife of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who was recently freed from prison and given a royal pardon over a sodomy conviction. "Of course, this expertise must come from those with experience in running previous governments, or having held some responsible posts", Mahathir said.
The National Front, which has ruled Malaysia since independent from Britain, obtained only 79 of the 222 parliamentary seats, losing power to Mahathir Mohamad's four-party alliance amid public anger over the 1MDB scandal and rising cost of living.
One image of a tray of six gold Rolex watches is widely shared on social media website Pinterest while another of luggage filled with stacks of United States currency is from a June 2016 robbery case that happened in the US.