Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian police visited former Prime Minister Najib Razak's house late Wednesday, reportedly searching for documents as part of a renewed probe into a massive corruption scandal involving a state investment fund that is being investigated overseas.
Nearly 300 boxes of designer handbags were also seized in raids at luxury condominiums in downtown Kuala Lumpur's Jalan Raja Chulan, state news agency Bernama reported on Friday.
Malaysian police have confiscated a haul of luxury goods during a corruption and money laundering investigation into the country's former Prime Minister.
Police had previously declined to comment on the raids.
Despite being imprisoned by the-then Prime Minister Mahathir two decades ago, Anwar said he has forgiven the 92-year-old leader, and vowed to support the government's efforts to clean up corruption in the country. American investigators alleged that Razak's associates siphoned off $4.5 billion from the fund, some of which landed in the former PM' bank account and a whopping $23 million was used to buy a diamond jewellery for Razak's wife.
Singh said the valuables were seized late on Wednesday in raids on six properties linked to the former premier, including the prime minister's office and official residence as well as four private residences.More news: Premier League value of central payments to clubs 2017/18
Stories of lavish spending by Mr Najib's family have always been a sore point for Malaysians.
Amer Kent, who voted against Najib's party, climbed out of his vehicle and said he had driven all the way from Penang, some 350 km (220 miles) "to see the thief's house", and take a photograph to post on his Facebook page.
Dr Mahathir said the Government would seek to retrieve billions of dollars laundered from 1MDB to repay government debts that had piled up over the years.
"We are glad that he has been reunited with his family", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. "Najib wasted a lot of Malaysia's money".
Najib was cleared of all wrongdoing while he was in power, but the investigation is widely perceived to have been a farce, and some in his administration have since accused him of covering up the scandal.
He was a ruthless authoritarian who had his own deputy prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, jailed on a trumped-up charge of sodomy when Anwar called for economic and political reforms in 1998.More news: United Kingdom government will speed up application process for shale gas extraction
"Our personnel checked these bags and discovered various currencies including; Malaysian ringgit and United States dollars; watches, and jewelry in 72 bags", Singh said.
"In addition, the seizures at the former prime minister's office in Putrajaya, among others, involved 1MDB documents", he added.
Last week, Malaysians broke national and global records by electing Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to become the oldest elected leader in the world at 92 to save them from rising cost of living and a government that was engaged in many alleged corrupt practices.
He said the government is also committed to repaying any debts linked to the fund that it has guaranteed.
12 June: Najib Razak and his wife are banned from leaving the country. "I must thank the people of Malaysia", Anwar said.More news: HTC U12+ specifications leaked ahead of official release