Ousted Malaysian PM Najib Razak promises to comply with travel ban

Malaysian ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak said he will comply with a travel ban issued by the immigration department on Saturday, after he had announced a family holiday overseas.

Mr Najib is to be at the centre of an investigation into a multi-billion dollar graft scandal through state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which he founded.

The investigation was announced by Mr Najib’s successor, Mahathir Mohamad, who was the former Prime Minister.

Mr Najib announced on Twitter that he would comply with the travel ban.

“I have been informed that the Malaysian Immigration Department will not allow my family and me to go overseas,” Mr Najib said.

“I respect the directive and will remain with my family in the country.”

“After over four decades in politics and the recent election campaign, which was regrettably personal and perhaps the most intense in Malaysian history, I will take a short break to spend time with my family whom I have not seen enough of in recent years.”

A finance ministry adviser is expected to oversee the investigation into 1DMB, in an attempt to recover billions of dollars allegedly stolen.

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