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Mahathir Probed Under Malaysia Fake News Law for Sabotage Claim

  • Former premier said chartered plane to Langkawi was sabotaged
  • Malaysia holds elections May 9 with Mahathir to face Najib
Mahathir Mohamad
Mahathir MohamadPhotographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg
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Malaysian opposition leader Mahathir Mohamad is under investigation for a potential breach of a new fake news law, less than a week before an election that has him vying with Prime Minister Najib Razak for the crucial votes of ethnic Malays.

Mahathir, a former premier who was the country’s longest-serving leader, has not been charged. A probe is ongoing, Kuala Lumpur police chief Mazlan Lazim said on Thursday by phone, without elaborating.