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The morning after #GE14: Police block the main entrance to the National Palace. "The government has not been formed. Nothing is happening here," - one officer tells me. Dr Mahathir told us he would be sworn in today.
Palace confirms swearing in won't be taking place today, with heightened security at each entrance. When will Dr Mahathir be sworn in? #GE14
This photo is circulating but this is not the outfit that PM candidates wear when being sworn in. Stay tuned for updates on what's actually happening with Dr Mahathir's swearing in. #GE14
Dr Mahathir's swearing in may not be confirmed but some supporters have come to the palace all the same. #GE14
This almost 21-year-old has come to the palace by himself to wait for Dr Mahathir. "This is historic... This is a moment for us, the youth, to be exposed to political activities". #GE14
US @StateDept congratulates people of Malaysia on "their participation in a hard-fought election". "Fully expects" all institutions will carry out duties to implement official results. #GE14
HAPPENING NOW: Najib Razak holds news conference, said BN tried their best and are proud of what they achieved. #GE14
King will decide on the new prime minister as no party commands the simple majority, says Najib.

Pakatan Harapan is made up of four parties and it was not formally registered as a coalition. #GE14
Why isn't Mahathir being sworn in? No answers yet. He doesn't have the best track record with royalty though. Under his administration, limits were placed on their power and thekr legal immunity removed. #GE14
Dr Mahathir: Constitution says as long as the prime minister has the support of the majority of MPs, he has the right to be PM. And he has that. #GE14
Dr Mahathir says there is an urgency for PM to be sworn in. Najib's government was over last night. Says Najib was gracious to have accepted the result in his speech. #GE14
"We hope that by 5pm today, we will have a PM.. any delay will mean we have no government. And when you have no government, you have no law,"- Dr Mahathir. @chedetofficial #GE14
Leaders of the four parties have written a letter to the King asking for the swearing in of the PM. #GE14
Dr Mahathir's cough still bothering him as it had on the campaign trail. But his daughter Marina had said it wasn't serious. #GE14
On prosecuting Mr Najib, Dr Mahathir says again they are not after revenge but will enforce the rule of law. #GE14
Asked whether the King doesn't like him, Dr Mahathir says he doesn't know why someone wouldn't. When I asked if that's not the reason for the delay than what is, he said "there's a delay to everything...for example, I was sleepy this morning." #GE14
Dr Wan Azizah, who has been part of the opposition struggle for two decades, says she is excited. #GE14
Will Dr Mahathir repeal the anti-fake news law he is being investigated under? He says they don't want fake news but they feel the law targeted politicians. They will study it. #GE14
"There is no government right now. I hear the Attorney-General says he is advising the government...Bullshit," - Dr Mahathir Mohamad. #GE14
JUST IN: Sultan of Johor calls on subjects to accept the voice of the people. Wants new government to be sworn in immediately. Now hearing King of Malaysia will swear Dr Mahathir in at 5pm. No official confirmation but we're on standby.… #GE14
Media and supporters wait for Dr Mahathir's arrival at the National Palace to be sworn in as Malaysia's 7th Prime Minister. The road leading to the main entrance is still being blocked by police. #GE14
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Dr Siti Hasmah, Mat Sabu and more arrive at the National Palace for the 92-year-old's swearing in as prime minister. #GE14
JUST IN: Palace says not confirmed that Dr Mahathir will be sworn in today after all. #GE14
What's going on at the palace? Will Dr Mahathir be sworn in as prime minister (again) or not? #GE14
There will be an audience with the King. But what happens next, still unsure. #GE14
Long line of people holding @KEADILAN flags along the road leading to the main palace entrance that's been blocked off by police. Cars are honking in support. #GE14
JUST IN: Swearing-in ceremony of the new prime minister at 9.30pm - National Palace. #GE14
JUST IN: National Palace strongly denies King had delayed the appointment of Dr Mahathir as Prime Minister. Statement says he strongly supports and respects the democratic process and wishes of his subjects. He will be swearing Dr Mahathir in tonight at 9.30pm. #GE14
"His Majesty looks forward to working with Tun Dr Mahathir and his administration for the betterment of our nation and all its people".… #GE14
HAPPENING NOW: Dr Mahathir Mohamad is being sworn in as Prime Minister again at 92. #GE14
At the hotel where media are waiting for Dr Mahathir's news conference. #GE14
Malaysia has a new prime minister who will, for the first time, head a government not led by the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). #GE14
Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah after he was sworn in at the palace. (Photo: @chedetofficial )

Waiting for Dr Mahathir to address the media. He went straight into a meeting with coalition leaders upon arrival. #GE14
"Finally, I've been sworn in as Prime Minister," - Dr Mahathir Mohamad. #GE14
"We want to thank the people... nobody has seen the kind of support that we have seen for Pakatan Harapan," - Dr Mahathir Mohamad. #GE14
"I think we did extremely well. We were thinking we'd get 106 seats in the peninsula and hopefully a number in Sabah and Sarawak. But in the peninsula alone, we achieved more than 120 which enables us to form government," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"What amazed us was the number of people who waited from 5pm until we came out of the palace. Their enthusiastic was fantastic.. the reception I received when my car was driving here was amazing," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"We promise to set out a good government. The government of course will be based on the constitution and the law of this country. We are particularly keen to ensure the constitution is upheld and the laws of the country are what will guide us in our administration," - Dr Mahathir
JUST IN: Najib Razak says he has just congratulated Dr Mahathir on being sworn in as Prime Minister, says he is happy to help with a smooth transition of power. #GE14
"We have a lot of things to do. But our economy and finances are the main things," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"There should not be any cause of devaluation of the ringgit... we shall try and make the ringgit as steady as possible. We also will stop adjusting petrol prices every few seconds," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"We are not fighting for Najib. We will abolish the term 'cash is king," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"You may ask questions but in a very orderly fashion. Please remember I was 'the dictator'," - Dr Mahathir says to media, prompting laughter across the room. #GE14
"We believe we can get most of the 1MDB money back. Because we know it's in Singapore, Switzerland.. in Jho Low..." - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"We also want to abolish laws that are oppressive and unfair. We will abolish the fake news act..." - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"We want to get Anwar a full pardon... I'll stay for as long as my experience is needed. But not too long," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"Certain heads must fall," says Dr Mahathir, asked if he will be changing heads of departments. He says some have aided and abetted a PM the world described as a kleptocrat. #GE14
"Tomorrow there is a holiday but I will not take a holiday. We will have a presidential council meeting. We will have to decide our cabinet," - Dr Mahathir. #GE14
"We have work to do on the future of this country and we should not be harping on the past," - Dr Mahathir Mohamad, when I asked how the people of Malaysia can trust that this group of people from different parties and with different ideologies can work together. #GE14
Dr Mahathir "waves" when asked to do so by cameramen for photos. #GE14
Chants of "Hidup Tun" or "Long live Tun" down at the lobby by a crowd of Malaysians there to support their new prime minister, Dr Mahathir Mohamad. #GE14
#ICYMI: "I have some experience. I think the government may need it so I'll stay for as long as my experience is needed. But not too long,"- Dr Mahathir Mohamad after being sworn in as prime minister of Malaysia once again. My wrap from last night:… #GE14
Asked Dr Mahathir about his govt of rivals turned allies: "The thing for us is to fulfill our promises. We're not going to say, 'oh you are the bad guy' before or 'you were a dictator''. All those things are in the past. We have work to do for the future."

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Sep 28, 2018
HAPPENING NOW: Malaysian PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the #UNGA, 15 years after his last address.
“The new Government of Malaysia, recently empowered with a strong mandate from its people, is committed to ensure that every Malaysian has an equitable share in the prosperity and wealth of the nation.” - Dr Mahathir at #UNGA
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Special PC on #1MDB by Malaysia’s deputy inspector general of police. “This evening, I’m going to update you on the developments of the case as investigated by the police”. 4 aspects have been probed by the CCID and several individuals investigated.
Main areas probed by CCID:
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#1MDB & PetroSaudi Intl joint venture & loans in form of Murabahah Notes
• purchase of assets worth USD3.5bil involving Tanjong Negeri
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Today: "Every word recorded by the investigation team will be tabled in this report. We are committed to the transparency of this report. It will be tabled fully, without any editing, additions, or redactions”. #MH370
#MH370: Families unsatisfied by the final report. “How can you expect us to believe what’s in there?”
“There’s no conclusion, there’s no answers”. #MH370
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BREAKING: Former PM Najib Razak has been arrested in connection with investigations into #1MDB.
BREAKING: @NajibRazak to be charged on Wednesday morning, says the #1MDB special task force.
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Former PM Najib Razak gave Malaysiakini an interview. Not only that, he went to their office to do it. A new Malaysia indeed.
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"Over the years as head of the government, we have been gifted with a lot of items by foreign leaders as well as personal friends and I do know that under the law it is not illegal to receive gifts."
Najib said Rosmah herself was surprised about the number of items mentioned by Amar Singh.

“She doesn't believe it will come up to that amount. Also some items, the jewellers have got records that they were sent for viewing and need to be returned."
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What's behind Malaysia's RM1 trillion of liabilities?
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"Let me emphasize that the fundamentals of the economy remains strong... Together with the commitment of the new Government as well as the support of Malaysians all over the country, we will definitely succeed in saving our country," - Finance Minister @guanenglim
"In the short term, this decision to tell the truth may unnerve Dato' Seri Najib Razak..." - Finance Minister hits back at former PM/ Finance Minister Najib
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