Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib's family

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made a telephone call to his Malaysian counterpart Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and congratulated him on assuming office as the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.

On May 9, Mahathir-led Pakatan Harapan party (Alliance of Hope) defeated the Barisan Nasional coalition that has ruled the nation for 61 years since independence from Britain.

Speaking via video conference to The Wall Street Journal CEO Council Meeting in Tokyo, Tun Dr Mahathir, 92, said: "We are slowly getting to the bottom of things and many of our senior officers are volunteering information accompanied, of course, by documents".

But he has now said there have to be "limits" to freedom of the press and freedom of speech.

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He told the conference on Tuesday that he will remain as prime minister for one or two years - and would continue to play a role in the background even after he steps down.

A deluxe Kuala Lumpur apartment block raided by the police, relatives of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak had been staying there. The 70-year-old Anwar is still serving a five-year jail term after he was found guilty on a sodomy charge in 2015.

The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to further strengthen the India-Malaysia strategic partnership.

The alliance between Mahathir - who has been prime minister before - and Anwar came after years of feud as the latter was first jailed after Mahathir dismissed him as deputy prime minister in 1998. He and his supporters say the charge was politically motivated.

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Dr Mahathir had personally ordered travel restrictions on Mr Najib last Saturday after news spread that the latter was about to fly off to Jakarta for a short break.

Asked about the possible prosecution of his predecessor, Mahathir said he thought that "in a short while", the government could have a case against Najib.

Abdul Razak Idris - former intelligence and investigations director of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission - lodged reports with the body alleging Najib tried to stop the probe into losses at 1MDB, reported AFP.

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