Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said yesterday that an anti-fake news law introduced by the previous administration will be given "proper" definition, making it clear to the media and the public what is fake.
In an extraordinary volte-face, he threw in his lot with parties that he crushed while in power as they sought to oust Najib, who has been accused of involvement in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB.
Mahathir stormed to an unlikely election victory at the head of an opposition alliance against the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and its corruption-mired leader Najib Razak, toppling the regime that had led Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957.
USA investigators say Najib's associates stole and laundered $4.5 billion from the fund, a few of which landed in Najib's checking account.
Both Najib and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing and he was cleared by domestic investigations.
Mahathir, who earlier slammed Apandi's credibility, mentioned Monday that the nation's solicitor-general will take over Apandi's job whereas he goes on go away.
"The reason I am lodging the reports today is so that the MACC can take swift action", he was cited as saying by The Star newspaper. "If I die, I die for the country".
Earlier, Mahathir arrived at his office in the administrative capital Putrayaja to officially get down to work, and held meetings with senior civil servants.
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The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah is also paying a visit to the new government - the first foreign leader to do so since PH won the May 9 polls.
Local currency the ringgit slipped as much as 0.9 per cent against the U.S. dollar.
Still, it has not been all smooth sailing since the historic win, with concerns over the slow formation of the cabinet as different parties in the winning alliance jostle for positions.
An official request to extradite him to the country had not been made, he said.
Mahathir has been prime minister previously, for 22 years starting in 1981.
Anwar, in jail on sodomy charges his supporters say are trumped up, is expected to be freed on Tuesday.
Among them, abolishing the goods and services tax rolled out by former prime minister Najib Razak, as well as investigating scandals including those involving the state investment firm once advised by Mr Najib, 1Malaysia Development Berhad.