Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad is under investigation for potential defamation as the country’s longest-serving leader continues to pressure Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down.
Police opened several investigation papers after reports were made against Mahathir, Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi said in a written reply to a parliamentary question dated Wednesday. He said the probes relate to Section 500 of the penal code on defamation, and there was no immediate information on who filed the reports.
Tan Kok Wai, a member of parliament from the opposition Democratic Action Party, had asked what actions authorities were taking against Mahathir for his criticisms of Najib. One case will be referred to the deputy public prosecutor for review after the investigation is completed, and another has been referred to the attorney general, Zahid said. A spokesman for Mahathir said he had no immediate comment on Zahid’s remarks.
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