Taiwan congratulates Malaysia on peaceful election process

Taiwan congratulates Malaysia on peaceful election process

Mr Anwar, a former deputy prime minister, is serving a prison term for the politically-motivated charge of sodomy. This means a full pardon.

As a gesture for furthering the bonds between the two countries, Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong has congratulated Dr Mahathir Mohamad on being sworn in as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Mahathir - who had retired in 2003 as premier but made a comeback in a bid to oust the coalition he once headed - was sworn in on Thursday, becoming the world's oldest elected leader at 92.

That tenacious appetite to secure his rule saw a younger Mahathir turn turn against the judiciary, banish opponents and allies to jail, ban public protest and issue a raft of laws aimed at repressing freedom of speech.

Mahathir said that his government may reverse some of the policies implemented by the Barisan Nasional coalition, especially the goods and services tax which many have complained against.

Previously, 94 year old Robert Mugabe was the oldest elected head of state in the world.

Najib may be remembered most for the scandal over 1MDB, whose advisory board he chaired until 2016.

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday he will take a short holiday to spend time with his family after a shocking electoral defeat that ended the 60-year rule of his coalition.

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The party has internal elections scheduled for September and Mr. Najib is expected to decide then whether to step down from his position as party leader, the official said.

He has pledged to get Mr Ibrahim, who is due out of jail in June, a royal pardon. One woman who was waving an opposition flag said, "We'll have a better Malaysia now".

But soon after winning a second term in 2013, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a fund launched by Najib to promote economic development, slid into a massive debt hole and allegations surfaced that money was missing.

But for the opposition, he proved to be the ideal standard-bearer to take on Najib.

Malaysian markets were closed on Friday and will reopen on Monday, but overseas investors were nervous about Najib's ouster after a decade in office.

Now in the process of forming his government, Dr. Mahathir has pledged to work to get misappropriated money back for Malaysia.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the election of Mahathir bodes well for continued strong bilateral ties between the Philippines and Malaysia.