Former Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin arrives at anti-graft agency

Muhyiddin Muhyiddin, who led Malaysia from March 2020 until August 2021, will be the country's second leader to be indicted after leaving office

March 09, 2023 11:07 am | Updated 04:42 pm IST - PUTRAJAYA (Malaysia)

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarter, in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2023.

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarter, in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on March 9, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been arrested and will be brought to court to face corruption charges, the anti-graft agency said on March 9.

Mr. Muhyiddin, who led Malaysia from March 2020 until August 2021, will be the country's second leader to be indicted after leaving office. Ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak was hit with multiple graft charges after he lost in 2018 general elections, and began a 12-year jail term in August after losing his final appeal in the first of several trials.

The anti-graft agency said Mr. Muhyiddin will face several charges on March 10 related to alleged abuse and money laundering linked to government projects awarded under his rule.

The state of ethnic democracy in Malaysia

Mr. Muhyiddin, 75, went to the anti-graft agency earlier on March 9 to answer questions for the second time in three weeks. He was first questioned in February over the award of projects, including COVID-19 economic aid programs.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who took power after November's general elections, had ordered a review of government projects approved by past administrations for allegedly not following the rules.

Two senior leaders from Mr. Muhyiddin's Bersatu party were also recently charged with graft. The anti-graft agency froze Bersatu's bank accounts for investigations into alleged illegal proceedings.

Mr. Muhyiddin, who leads a strong Islamic-dominated opposition, has denied any wrongdoing and accused Mr. Anwar's government of trying to crush the opposition ahead of State elections.

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