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Malaysia PM sacks deputy, AG


Jul 29 2015 : The Times of India (Chennai)
Malaysia PM sacks deputy, AG
Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian PM Najib Razak, stung by allegations that he received $700 million in government money , on Tuesday fired the attorney general who had been investigating him and a deputy who has been among his most prominent critics.

Najib is under increasing pressure over leaked confidential documents that allegedly show the money , from state investment fund 1MDB, went into his personal accounts. Najib announced over national television that his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin will be replaced by Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a cabinet member who will also retain his home minister portfolio.

On Tuesday , the government announced it had terminated the services of attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail. Najib said he also dropped four other ministers to strengthen his administration.“ “I can accept differences in opinion and criticisms as part of the decision-mak ing process, but these differences in opinion should not be made in an open forum that can affect public perception of the government and the country ,“ he said.

Critics slammed Gani's abrupt removal and cast it as an attempt by the PM to avoid prosecution. “The purge commences. The attorney-general is replaced. Any flicker of hope that the PM might be charged for misdeeds is extinguished,“ opposition lawmaker Tony Pua tweeted.


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