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Malaysia’s Anwar vows no let-up on anti-graft drive after key ally walks free

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Malaysia’s Anwar vows no let-up on anti-corruption drive amid outcry over ally’s discharge

The decision to drop corruption charges against Deputy PM Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sparked criticism that the move is a betrayal of Anwar’s reform agendaAnwar says corruption is ‘endemic’ but stresses that Malaysia’s anti-graft agency has not found a single corruption case linked to any government leader since NovemberMalaysiaJoseph SipalanPublished: 8:00pm, 13 Sep, 2023Why you can trust SCMP

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Wednesday said he was committed to his pledge to weed out corruption, amid an ongoing outcry over the public prosecutor’s decision to drop dozens of corruption charges against a key ally in his unity government.Last week, the High Court approved an application by the attorney-general’s chambers to discharge Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi from 47 charges of corruption linked to a charity foundation that he had established, sparking criticism that the move was a betrayal of Anwar’s reform agenda.

Opposition politicians are planning a public rally on Saturday to protest against the decision.

Anwar said the decision was made solely by former attorney-general Idrus Harun, who he said had told him ahead of his retirement that there was sufficient evidence to disprove the charges levied against Ahmad Zahid.

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