Jailed Anwar Ibrahim says “comprehensive change” is needed in the governance of the country


In a statement released through his party, jailed former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has said there needs to be “comprehensive change” in the governance of the country and that removing Prime Minister Najib Razak will not be enough. Mr Anwar made his comments in a statement released in the wake of corruption allegations plaguing Prime Minister Najib Razak. “For the first time in our history, a sitting Prime Minister is under investigation for misappropriation of funds,” he said. “From behind these prison walls, I feel a great concern and worry for my country.” Mr Anwar is currently serving out a five year prison sentence after being charged for sodomy. He issued the statement through his party, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, referencing allegations that US$700 million was channelled into the Prime Minister’s bank accounts through entities linked to debt-ridden state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).