Malaysia’s ex-PM Najib, wife barred from travelling abroad

Malaysia’s former prime minister, Najib Razak, and his wife Rosmah Mansor are barred from leaving the country, immigration director-general Mustafar Ali confirmed on Saturday. Ali had earlier denied that the two have been on travel blacklist. His statement was confirmed by the immigration department’s Facebook post around 11.30am. Soon after the news about Najib’s travel plan to Jakarta spread on social media, people started gathering at Subang airport (pictured) from 6 am to prevent the couple from leaving the country, The Star reported. But there was no sign of Najib and his wife. The crowd got excited when a car arrived near the departure area with its windows rolled up. It was not Najib but former minister Shahidan Kassim who stepped out of the vehicle. Anticipating trouble, police were deployed at the airport after it was reported that Najib and his wife were scheduled to fly to Jakarta at 10am on a private jet operated by Premiair. Earlier, Najib had posted on his Facebook page that he would be taking a short break to spend time with his family whom he had not seen for years.
In another development, Najib formally announced his resignation as head of the Barisan Nasional coalition and its main party, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). At a media conference in UMNO headquarters, he said Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi would carry out the duties of the party president.