Prime Minister Najib removes deputy premier Muhyiddin, for raising questions over the government’s closure of newspapers and delays in the continuing investigation of a corruption scandal. Najib:
Members of the cabinet should not air their differences in an open forum that can affect public opinion against the government and Malaysia. I must have a solid and unified team moving in the same direction.
Singapore’s central bank is cooperating with Malaysia over a probe into allegations regarding transfers totalling almost $700 million into the Prime Minister’s personal accounts. Malaysian authorities say they are freezing six accounts related to the probe. The Monetary Authority of Singapore:
The Malaysian authorities have launched an investigation into this matter. Singapore will continue to provide our full assistance and share information with the authorities in Malaysia, within the ambit of our laws. In this connection, MAS has been in close contact with the relevant financial institutions.
The Wall Street Journal says that Malaysian government investigators have discovered evidence of potential corruption involving Prime Minister Razak, alleging that almost $700 million linked to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. investment fund was transferred into his personal accounts. The original source and ultimate destination of the money is unclear. Prime Minister’s office:
There have been concerted efforts by certain individuals to undermine confidence in our economy, tarnish the government and remove a democratically-elected prime minister.
Razak will travel to the Netherlands on Wednesday to discuss the events surrounding the crash.
My priority now is to ensure the third part of the deal is honored, and that international investigators are given full and secure access to the site. This will require the cooperation of those in control of the crash site and the Ukrainian armed forces.