Day 1 (Friday May 11): The work begins. Dr Mahathir arrives at 9.35am for discussions with PH leaders on a new Cabinet. Dr Mahathir: Agong says willing to grant Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a full pardon. Dr Mahathir: There will be a probe on the Attorney-General, Election Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. Certain heads must roll. Umno celebrates 72nd anniversary in sombre mood, news emerge of ex-PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s planned flight to Indonesia.
Day 2 (Saturday May 12): Flight cancelled, resignation, Council of Elders, handbag stash condo. Najib confirms short trip, but flight cancelled and later he and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are put on travel blacklist. Police report lodged on alleged bid to hide Rosmah’s handbags at a condominium. Najib quits position as head of Umno, Barisan Nasional. Dr Mahathir announces three ministers – home, defence and finance. Dr Mahathir announces five-person Council of Elders (later known as Council of Eminent Persons) to advise PH govt on finance, economy. Members include Tun Daim Zainuddin and Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz. Dr Mahathir: Auditor-general’s report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) will be declassified. Attorney-General position declared vacant, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali declines comment. Police visits Najib-linked condominium with alleged handbag stash to view CCTV footage.
Day 3 (Sunday May 13): Council begins work too. Police sets up cordon around Najib’s private home. No honeymoon for Council of Eminent Persons with daily meetings. Meets six GLICs heads: Khazanah Nasional, PNB, KWAP, EPF, Tabung Haji, LTAT. By May 18, Daim said Council has met 50 people in 40 meetings in six days. Day 4 (Monday May 14): Spring-cleaning day, but keep documents safe. MACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad resigns as MACC chief, to return to Attorney-General’s Chambers. Treasury’s secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah relieved of duties; on contract till March 2019 but it will be cut short to June 14, 2018. AG Apandi clocks in for work, but put on indefinite leave. Solicitor-General replaces his role. Dr Mahathir tells Finance Ministry to look for budget savings and spending cuts. Dr Mahathir meets chief secretary to government, secretary-generals of all ministries. Dr Mahathir: RCI on 1MDB after concrete charges, instructed all ministries not to bring out or destroy any documents.
Day 5 (Tuesday May 15) : 1MDB report no more a secret, institutional reforms coming. Police escorts for Najib, former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi transferred out. Apandi says on unrecorded 30-day leave. Auditor-General declassifies audit report on 1MDB. (Read here and here to find out what was in the report classified in 2016). Swiss authorities seek quick talks with Malaysia on 1MDB. Council of Eminent Persons forms Institutional Reforms Committee with members including former Malaysian Bar president Datuk Seri Ambiga Sreenevasan and former Court of Appeal judges, says economic reforms must come with institutional reforms. Dr Mahathir says will stay on as PM for one to two years. Day 6 (Wednesday May 16): Anwar is back, zero GST, stable fuel price, 17,000 political appointees to be axed, PH registered, Najib house raided.
Anwar is released ahead of initial June 8 date, says no timeframe to succeed as PM. Council of Eminent Persons meets with Irwan on 1MDB, Dr Mahathir says Irwan will be investigated by the book. Dr Mahathir: 1MDB-related wrongdoing larger than thought, ex-AG Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said about to prosecute over 1MDB when removed from post. Government will pay 1MDB-linked debts, recover 1MDB assets from other countries. Dr Mahathir says 17,000 political appointees in government to be removed/ reviewed. Finance ministry announces Goods and Services Tax (GST) at zero rate from June 1. After seven weeks of no change in fuel price, Dr Mahathir says no more weekly new price. Government will subsidise fuel price when needed. Pakatan Harapan finally gets registered by Registrar of Societies. Police raid Najib’s private house. (First night of raid unearths 52 luxury handbags, watches and over half a million ringgit in cash.)
Day 7 (Thursday May 17): New 1MDB taskforce, SST will return, Najib-linked condos raided. Raid at Najib’s private house continues, police try to crack 20-year-old safe (Read here for what was discovered in the safe). Finance ministry: Sales and Services Tax (SST) will be back, government to cut spending. Dr Mahathir takes on education minister role (but gives it up the next day), deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail gets Women and Family Development Ministry. Not in government, but Anwar joins PH’s presidential council to be top six. Home Ministry’s secretary-general: Dr Mahathir’s party PPBM registered by RoS. Council of Eminent Persons sets up committee to look into 1MDB. To be headed by former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman. MACC gets former deputy Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull as new chief. Police raid Najib-linked condominiums, seize 284 luxury handbags including Birkin bags and 72 suitcases of cash, watches and jewellery.
Day 8 (Friday May 18): The police team conducting searches at properties linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have been reinforced with another team which specifically focuses on cases involving the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Council of Eminent Persons member Tun Daim Zainuddin revealed that the East Coast Rail Line project costs over RM66 billion. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was summoned to meet Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers on Tuesday (May 22) as part of 1MDB probe. The Communications and Multimedia Commission unblocked Sarawak Report and Medium since the 1MDB report has been made public. A group of tahfiz students from the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school where 23 pupils were killed in a fire last September broke their fast at Najib’s residence to “offer moral support and sympathy”.
Day 9 (Saturday May 19): In an exclusive interview with the Malay Mail, Najib spoke up for the first time since losing GE14, where he chided Khairy Jamaluddin and other BN leaders for not speaking up earlier if they felt there were issues with his leadership within the coalition and government. During the same interview he urged voters to hold the new PH government accountable, claiming their promises were ‘in the realm of fantasy’. He also added he had been unfairly ‘demonised’ during the GE14 campaigning period. Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh urged Najib’s lawyer to provide more information on the claims that police officers who searched his client’s properties ate their chocolate and demanded more. In a continuation of the Malay Mail exclusive, Najib says the rule of law must be applied equally to everyone, including prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Incumbent Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority chairman Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Radin announced he will step down from his post by the end of the month.
Day 10 (Sunday May 20): Former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, who was relieved of duty after criticising the Barisan Nasional government’s handling of the 1MDB investigations, has been tipped to take over from the incumbent director Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff. – Speaking to supporters in his constituency of Pekan, Pahang, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak claimed he lost due to unappreciative voters who believed the slander of his rivals against him. Former MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the party’s future is in critical condition, yet still unable to understand what went wrong. Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says investigations into Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the SRC International Sdn Bhd case will be conducted in a fair and independent manner.
Day 11 (Monday May 21): Anwar reassures the Malay community that they do not have to worry about losing the benefits enjoyed under BN’s six-decade administration. Perak’s 10 new excos begin their first day of work at the State Secretariat in Ipoh. Selangor Sultan allows Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to join federal Cabinet as long as he remains until a successor is found. Former Penang Chief Minister to file representation to Attorney-General’s Chambers for the corruption charges against him to be dropped. The Wall Street Journal reports that PH’s fresh investigation into 1MDB scandal has ‘energised‘ the United States’ Department of Justice to look for Low Taek Jho. Mohd Shukri Abdull clocked in as new MACC chief commissioner. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blames Malaysia’s RM1 trillion debt on previous administration. Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari says state government will restructure its civil service to ensure effectiveness of its agencies’ services. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said Anti-Fake News Bill to be repealed soon.
Day 12 (Tuesday May 22): Dr Mahathir says non-performing Cabinet ministers will be dropped and replaced by other more qualified parliamentarians. Najib parts ways with legal team in surprise twist, ahead of MACC meeting. Azmin, the new Minister for Economic Affairs, aims to revive Malaysia’s economy and make it attractive again for investors. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu clocks into first day of work, vows an internal probe into the ministry’s past scandals. Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail starts work as Deputy Prime Minister. Lim Guan Eng takes office as new Finance Minister despite doubts over country’s budget. Mohd Shukri reveals in emotional press conference how he was threatened when probing into 1MDB case back in 2015. 1MDB task force set out to recover money and assets. Najib drops 1MDB defamation suit against former MCA president and Transport Minister Tun Ling Liong Sik. Red Shirt movement leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos arrested for brandishing a firearm in public space.
Day 13 (Wednesday May 23): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir chairs his first Cabinet meeting. He also cuts its members’ salaries by 10 per cent. MACC raids Lembaga Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s home and office. He later says he will soon resign from the post. Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg confirms Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown is still banned from entering the state. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir terminates several agencies including the Land Public Transport Commission and the Special Affairs Department as part of apparent austerity measures to rein in RM1 trillion debt. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir says some projects will be aborted or reconsidered as part of move to reduce RM1 trillion debt. However fuel prices will not be raised for the time being.
Day 14 (Thursday May 24): Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak leaves Langgak Duta residence for second MACC interview in Putrajaya. DAP’s Tony Pua and Ong Kian Ming appointed as unpaid special officers to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for next six months. Tabung Haji confirms Abdul Azeez no longer chairman. MACC likewise confirms it is probing the entity. Tun Dr Mahathir to visit Japan in June for annual Nikkei Conference and to strengthen bilateral ties. Terengganu Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad says Pakatan Harapan is ready to work with PAS-led state government to rebuild the state. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says federal government will honour payments for 1MDB debt due on May 30. Abang Johari thanks Anwar for assuring that PH will restore Sarawak’s rights the Malaysia Agreement 1963. Umno demands return of ‘party funds’ seized by cops in raid at Najib’s residence. Azmin Ali says new Selangor Mentri Besar to be known after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.