Malaysia PM arrives in New York for UN meeting

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Amid a number of global corruption probes, including by the FBI and the US Department of Justice, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on September 23 at night arrived in New York to start a working visit which will include attending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to an official statement, “a series of engagements” are planned for Najib in New York, including roundtable and bilateral meetings.

The day before, Najib was spotted in London with his wife Rosmah Mansor where he reportedly stayed at the five-star Dorchester hotel in Mayfair after leaving Kuala Lumpur at an undisclosed point of time. On his return from New York, a stopover is reportedly planned in Milan where Rosmah is said to participate in the Milan Fashion Week 2015.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s New Straits Times, a paper perceived as being close to the government, wrote that so far authorities in the US have not given Malaysian police any indication that they have initiated an investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said if a probe had been launched, police would have been notified by now, as they would be for any case.

Najib has been under pressure for months over alleged misconduct involving 1MDB, a $680-million “donation” to his private bank accounts and shady property deals by family members and close friends. While he managed to silence some of his critics at home, international pressure has grown through revelations in reputable newspapers and also through investigations of authorities in Singapore, Switzerland, UK and Hong Kong where his money movements left trails.

However, domestic pressure returned on September 21 when Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the respected Malaysian central bank governor, broke weeks of silence to say “the public deserves answers” on the controversy surrounding 1MDB and the huge donation to Najib’s own bank accounts.

See also: Prime Minister Najib Razak’s controversies timeline

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Amid a number of global corruption probes, including by the FBI and the US Department of Justice, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on September 23 at night arrived in New York to start a working visit which will include attending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

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Najib and plane
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Amid a number of global corruption probes, including by the FBI and the US Department of Justice, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on September 23 at night arrived in New York to start a working visit which will include attending the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

According to an official statement, “a series of engagements” are planned for Najib in New York, including roundtable and bilateral meetings.

The day before, Najib was spotted in London with his wife Rosmah Mansor where he reportedly stayed at the five-star Dorchester hotel in Mayfair after leaving Kuala Lumpur at an undisclosed point of time. On his return from New York, a stopover is reportedly planned in Milan where Rosmah is said to participate in the Milan Fashion Week 2015.

Meanwhile, Malaysia’s New Straits Times, a paper perceived as being close to the government, wrote that so far authorities in the US have not given Malaysian police any indication that they have initiated an investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue. Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim said if a probe had been launched, police would have been notified by now, as they would be for any case.

Najib has been under pressure for months over alleged misconduct involving 1MDB, a $680-million “donation” to his private bank accounts and shady property deals by family members and close friends. While he managed to silence some of his critics at home, international pressure has grown through revelations in reputable newspapers and also through investigations of authorities in Singapore, Switzerland, UK and Hong Kong where his money movements left trails.

However, domestic pressure returned on September 21 when Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the respected Malaysian central bank governor, broke weeks of silence to say “the public deserves answers” on the controversy surrounding 1MDB and the huge donation to Najib’s own bank accounts.

See also: Prime Minister Najib Razak’s controversies timeline

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