Former Malaysian premier to face police questioning over rally

Dr Mahathir appeared at the “Bersih 4.0” rally in Kuala Lumpur over the weekend

Malaysian police have said they will ask former PM Mohamad Mahathir to give a statement on allegations he made at a recent anti-government protest. Dr Mahathir’s accusations of ruling party leaders accepting bribes “warrant police action”, a spokesperson said. Dr Mahathir and the Bersih pro-democracy movement have called for current PM Najib Razak to resign over corruption allegations. Tens of thousands attended Bersih’s weekend rallies across the country. A spokesman for Dr Mahathir, Sufi Yusoff, told Reuters: “As far as I am aware he has not been approached by the police yet. We will comply with the police on whatever is needed.” It was unclear whether Dr Mahathir could face charges.

Dr Mahathir delivered a speech on Saturday at the rally in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, where he called for a “people’s power” movement to topple Mr Najib, a former ally. Mr Najib has denied all allegations of corruption and has accused Dr Mahathir of mounting a political smear campaign against him.