Najib Razak’s Downfall: A Timeline

Much has been unfolding ever since the historic win clinched by the Opposition coalition of Pakatan Harapan consisting of the  Democratic Action PartyParty Keadilan Rakyat(PKR)Party Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. Helmed by veteran and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir, they opposition stole away the majority to form a new government defeating former Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and making him the first UMNO president and BN Chairman to have lost the keys to government as seating Prime Minister.

It has been 13 days since Malaysia's election night. Let's have an overall glimpse of what has happened since:-

Najib & And Plastic Face Rosmah Banned from Leaving The Country
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After facing the shock loss of the elections and a devastated UMNO securing around 50+ odd seats in parliament, Najib mentioned via twitter that he and his family would be taking a small vacation in Jakarta on that same very weekend. Mahathir quickly acted on it and imposed a ban on Najib from leaving the country. Crowds also gathered in protest at the airport where Najib and Rosmah were supposed to be departing from.

Tun Mahathir Vows to Re-Open Probe into 1MDB scandal

A major bulk of the election loss of UMNO & BN was largely due to the fact that their Najib, being his party's president, was nonchalant, egoistic and refused to step down even after he was embroiled in major screw ups to the state fund 1MDB. In the lead up to election day, the rakyat(citizens) were already fed the last straw from Najib's antiques, Rosmah's splurges on luxury goods, and were yearning for a change of guard. Tun Mahathir with a proven track record of draining the swamp and enforcing tough policies both on his government and the rakyat, was the best person to perform the mess that Najib made during his decade long power.

Malaysian Council of Elders, Who are They?

Pakatan Harapan, being a fairly new government and inexperienced with managing the country surely had to have some help from veterans. Thankfully Mahathir had allies; some of whom defected from UMNO, and some who were his arch enemies during his time previously as Prime Minister. The council of elders consists of:-

  1. Daim Zainuddin
  2. Tan Sri Ungku Zeti Akhtar
  3. Hassan Merican - (Page link is in Malay Language
  4. Prof. Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram
  5. Robert Kuok

Apart from these five, they have the experience of former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin who was previously sacked from UMNO for speaking out publicly against Najib for his ways of handling the 1MDB saga. Tan Sri Muhyiddin is currently appointed the Home Minister. 

Malaysian Ringgit Falls To 4-Month Low.

Singaporeans are the ones who are especially rejoicing this reaction. It's not surprising that the Ringgit would have fall if Mahathir won. Investors are usually skeptical when governments are booted out of power. Loss of stability and the hazy outlook of a new government in place rattles past projects, prospects of policies that were set by the previous government could potentially be scrapped.

Unpopular GST Scrapped.

Tun Mahathir, in line with Pakatan Harapan's 100 days in power agenda, made well on his word to remove the GST that was introduced three years ago. 

Former Graft Officer Lodges Report Against Najib Razak

Abdul Razak Idris, a former graft officer with the Malaysian Anti Corruption Agency lodged two reports against the former Prime Minister, stating that he was involved in high level gratifications, and that he even interfered in a retirement fund as well. Abdul Razak mentioned further that he was even encouraged to come forward during Najib's term in power, but the former officer decided not to as he believed that it will just fall on deaf ears.

Tun Mahathir Works on Getting Anwar Pardoned

Mahathir, setting out to accomplish one of his important tasks was to get Pakatan Harapan's de-factor leader, Anwar Ibrahim out of jail. You can see how his mind works here, where he is paving his transfer of power to Anwar as soon as he is done cleaning up the mess Najib made.

Attorney- General Instructed To Go On Leave

Apandi Ali. The famous Attorney-General whom Najib chose to replace the previous Attorney General in the wake of the 1MDB affairs was instructed to go on leave. Apandi Ali cleared Najib soon after his appointment. The real clamping down on the corruption starts here.

Senior Leaders in UMNO Admitted There was A Problem

UMNO's youth chief, Khairy Jamaluddin said in an interview with Channel News Asia that there was a problem within UMNO that no one dared to undertake after seeing what happened to the likes of Muhyiddin Yassin and Shafie Apdal when they voiced out against Najib for his connotations with the 1MDB scandal. Now they paid the price for not speaking out against the tyrant who ruined their grip over power.

Anwar Ibrahim Released, To Meet With Sultan at Istana Negara

Anwar Ibrahim, received a pardon from the Sultan Muhammad V, and was to be released immediately. And he was summoned to the Palace to have an audience with the Sultan along with his wife and current Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah.

Najib's Residence Searched

Five properties linked to the former Prime Minister were searched by the Malaysian police, most probably for connections to the illegally siphoned funds of 1MDB. Hundreds of luxury handbags, thousands and dollars of cash were also seized. There was a further report that mentioned more raids done on Najib's residence.

One of Many Deaths Linked to Najib Razak Reignites

Altantuya Shaariibuu, the deceased Mongolian model who was assassinated back in 2006 by a former Malaysian elite Police Officer tasked to guard high level ministers, resurfaced again when Anwar Ibrahim said that the accused should be brought back on trial again. This I believe will open up a can of worms of the many suspicious deaths linked to former Prime Minister Najb Razak. The President of Mongolia even urged PM Mahathir to look into the murder.

Najib Razak Summoned For Questioning by Anti-Graft Body

It was not an arrest, but rather an interview session according to Najib's lawyer. 


[Editor's Note: This space will constantly be updated with the latest news relating to Najib Razak and the aftermath of Barisan Nasional's election loss]



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