A shake-up in the Malaysian government is on the cards, newly-minted Malaysian prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has warned.
“Certain heads of department will have to go. I found that some of them were aiding and abetting with the previous kleptocratic leadership,” he told a late-night press conference on Thursday, shortly after he was sworn-in as the country's seventh prime minister.
Dr Mahathir did not give specific details, but said that the changes would be implemented soon as part of his reform agenda.
“Some people close to me were visited by the Inland Revenue Board and also the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and claimed they were charged additional tax (during the previous administration). I will give their money back,” he added.
Dr Mahathir said the country is currently also facing financial management problems, after the central bank revealed that the total government borrowings from financial institutions of the previous administration amounted close to RM800 bilion (S$270 billion).
“But I believe the hidden amount has reached RM1 trilion,” he said.