KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The Malaysian authorities stated Najib Razak, the prime minister who was ousted in elections this week, and his spouse have been barred from leaving the nation as a leaked flight plan stirred suspicion that they have been planning to flee.
Mr. Najib faces potential investigation for corruption over billions of he’s accused of misappropriating from a state funding fund he as soon as ran, together with $731 million the United States Justice Department says was deposited in his accounts.
The Immigration Department of Malaysia stated Saturday in a put up on its Facebook web page that Mr. Najib and his spouse, Rosmah Mansor, had been positioned on a blacklist that prevented them from leaving the nation.
He wrote on social media that he had been informed of the federal government order, and that he would respect the choice.
In a collection of earlier messages Saturday, Mr. Najib stated he apologized “for any shortcomings and mistakes,” however didn’t deal with the scandal on the fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad, often known as 1MDB, instantly in his Twitter put up on Saturday.
He stated that he deliberate to “take a short break to spend time with my family,” however did he not point out information experiences that stated he and his spouse have been planning to journey to Jakarta, Indonesia, citing the leaked flight plan.
“I pray that after this divisive period, the country will unite,” he wrote as a part of his posts on Twitter and Facebook. “I apologise for any shortcomings and mistakes, and I thank you, the people, for the opportunity to lead our great nation. It has been the honour of my lifetime to serve you and Malaysia.”
He has beforehand denied any wrongdoing in reference to 1MDB.
Malaysiakini, a information web site, quoted a supply near Mr. Najib who stated the previous prime minister and his spouse planned to go to Jakarta for a two-day journey however would return.
A crowd of individuals and journalists gathered Saturday at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, the place the couple was apparently scheduled to depart on a non-public aircraft. Some of the gang peered into arriving autos, however there was no indication Mr. Najib and his spouse have been there.
The new prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, who beforehand served as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, stated that any wrongdoing linked with 1MDB can be investigated, together with whether or not the lawyer basic or anticorruption fee failed to completely pursue the allegations.
“Our intention is to go for people who have shown a tendency to be corrupt or had committed known crimes,” Mr. Mahathir said Friday.
An earlier model of this text misstated the identify of Malaysia’s new prime minister. He is Mahathir Mohamad, not Mahathir.
Rick Paddock and Sharon Tan contributed reporting from Kuala Lumpur.