Saturday, May 19, 2018

Clare Rewcastle-Brown Returns to Malaysia

Clare Rewcastle-Brown of Sarawak Report fame arrived in Malaysia yesterday after the new government tore up an arrest warrant made against her. 

“It was very relaxed at the airport, no problems with immigration”, she told Reuters in a phone interview. “It’s a big sigh of relief for me”. 

However, do note that she is still barred from entering Sarawak.

Clare Rewcastle-Brown had published details of the alleged transfer of $681 million from the government-owned 1MDB through bank accounts held by former prime minister Najib Razak. 

And Najib, of course, has consistently denied any wrongdoing. 

Rewcastle-Brown, a British subject, was born in Sarawak and even spent her early years there. But Malaysian authorities issued a warrant for her arrest in 2015, citing activities “detrimental to parliamentary democracy”, whatever that means. 

Sarawak Report which was previously blocked in Malaysia is now accessible. I have already gone into her blog since Thursday.

Image credit: Webpage 

The Straits Times, Singapore photo

I missed this but really, I should document the fact that Pakatan Harapan chairperson Mahathir Mohamad was officially sworn in as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister on May 10, 2018. 

He took his oath of office as Prime Minister before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V 

This makes Mahathir the world's oldest prime minister and the first Malaysian to be premier twice. 

Mahathir was previously prime minister from 1981 to 2003, the longest-serving in Malaysian history.

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