Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been arrested on corruption charges.
According to international news reports, on Thursday, the head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said that the former prime minister will be charged with corruption tomorrow (Friday).
Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim last year ordered a review of multibillion-dollar government projects approved by Mohiuddin, including the Covid-19 relief programme. He was accused of not following proper procedure, while Muhyiddin has denied these allegations and termed them as political revenge. However, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar told the media that he had committed corruption related to Muhyiddin. Did not interfere in the investigation.
The allegations against former prime minister Muhyiddin come ahead of regional elections due in six states by mid-year. It is expected that the former prime minister’s alliance will prove to be a strong challenge to the current government in this election.
Muhyiddin, 75, who served as prime minister for 17 months between 2020 and 2021, has faced corruption investigations since his party lost to Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim in a closely contested election last November. Two leaders belonging to the Jamaat have also been accused of accepting bribes in the economic recovery plan launched during his tenure.
It may be recalled that the Anti-Corruption Commission had questioned Muhyiddin last month regarding the same project and had also frozen the bank accounts belonging to Muhyiddin’s party.