Mahathir calls on Malaysian PM to resign

Malaysia’s former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, wants to “save Malaysia” and oust the country’s current PM Najib Razak over claims that he mismanaged the economy, suppressed free speech and allegedly took hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes.

The “Save Malaysia” movement, led by Mahathir and made up of opposition leaders from across the political spectrum, is centred on a multimillion-dollar corruption scandal that alleges nearly $700m found in Najib’s personal bank accounts came from the state-funded 1Malaysia development fund. Najib, however, says the money was a campaign donation from Saudi Arabia and has since been returned.

Mahathir, who served as the country’s prime minister for 22 years, says that Najib must “go” and that his “leadership undermines” Malaysia’s institutions. In this week’s Headliner, Mehdi Hasan challenges Mahathir on his campaign to oust the current prime minister.

“He’s gone off track,” Mahathir says. “He has done a lot of things which are actually wrong, and as a result he has put the country in a very bad position.”

Commenting on Malaysia’s future, Mahathir adds: “If Najib is there, this country will go to the dogs.”

Gülen followers  arrested in Turkey

The Istanbul Police Department’s Financial Crimes Unit last Saturday raided 25 addresses and two workplaces allegedly linked to the Gülen-movement

As a result of the investigations, arrest warrants were issued for 51 suspects for suspicious money transactions as well as for leaking information about rival companies.

Some 28 suspects were arrested in the raids carried out across the provinces of Istanbul, Kayseri, Konya and Muğla.

The suspects are accused of giving funds to Himmet that gives donations to Gülenist charities.

Other accusations for the suspects include extorting a shop worth 950,000 Turkish liras (USD 278,000) from a businessman, and shooting and injuring a FETÖ member in charge of collecting Himmet, who allegedly embezzled 1,000,000 Turkish liras (USD 341,000).

Turkey condemns Egypt over Morsi life sentence

Turkey condemned the life sentence handed down by Egypt Saturday to former President Mohamed Morsi.

“We express our deep concern and condemn the life imprisonment given to President Morsi who has remained in prison since 2013,” said a statement posted on the Turkish Foreign Ministry website.

“We believe that this decision will not contribute to Egypt’s peace and stability”.

A court  last Saturday sentenced Morsi to life on charges of “leading a terrorist group”-in reference to the Muslim Brotherhood, which was blacklisted by the Egyptian authorities in late 2013.

Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, Morsi was ousted by the military in a 2013 military coup following protests against his presidency.