Police lock up residential neighborhood in KL where Najib lives, Southeast Asia News and Top Stories
Malaysian police yesterday cordoned off a residential area in the Taman Duta region where former Prime Minister Najib Razak has his private residence, a day after new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad banned his predecessor from leaving the country, and indicated that he was starting an investigation into the 1MDB financial scandal.
Police told reporters they were there to monitor the security of the area, known for its stately bungalows, with all vehicles and individuals inspected before they were allowed to pass.
Journalists, some of whom have been camping in the area in recent days, have been banned from entering, the Bernama News Agency reported.
“There has always been a police unit stationed nearby, even before the legislative elections. But we decided to cordon off the area as the presence of people accumulates there over time, especially after the elections,” said the Minister. Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mohamed. Rafiq Mohamed Mustafa of Sentul District Police told the Straits Times.
“This is to make sure that security is maintained. It has nothing to do with us detecting a threat there,” he said.
Tun Dr Mahathir said he was lifting all restrictions in the Official Secrets Act on releasing details of a report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the state fund launched by Datuk Seri Najib in 2009 after he was became Prime Minister and which he supervised as Minister of Finance. Billions of dollars would have been embezzled from 1MDB.
Dr Mahathir said on Saturday that he personally ordered travel restrictions on Mr Najib after word spread that the former prime minister was about to fly to Jakarta for a short break. Crowds quickly gathered at the Subang airport from which Mr. Najib was due to depart as the police intervened.
Mr Najib later said he canceled his travel plan.
Meanwhile, police have denied raiding a luxury condominium in downtown Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, where family members of the former prime minister are believed to be living.
A news agency reports that the Pavilion Residences in the Bukit Bintang shopping district were raided by police and created a huge buzz in Malaysia.
“The only group of police in the area at the time of the alleged ‘raid’ was our crime prevention unit, and they weren’t ordered to bust there,” a senior police officer said. Dang Wangi District police, who declined to be named.
“I was told they were ordered to patrol the area and probably check the CCTV there, but some of their peers decided to take a look for themselves afterwards. of a report. Nothing more. “
On Thursday, two young leaders of Dr. Mahathir’s Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Party filed a police report alleging that vans bearing the logo of the Prime Minister’s department delivered boxes of 50 Birkin handbags for Mr. Najib’s wife to Pavilion Residences.