Malaysia: Mahathir urges US not to give 1MDB funds back to KL

The United States should “think twice” before giving Malaysia back the money recovered from an anti-kleptocracy probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday, as the party accused of graft at the state fund is now back in power.

Tun Dr Mahathir, 94, abruptly resigned last month before being replaced by Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, whose coalition includes former ruling party Umno, despite voters rejecting Umno in the 2018 general election amid a backlash over the multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) says more than US$4.5 billion (S$6.3 billion) was looted from 1MDB under then Umno chief Najib Razak, the former premier who is now on trial for allegedly receiving some of the stolen money.

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