Malaysian ex-PM Najib vows to fight bankruptcy over tax bill

Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak says he has received a bankruptcy notice for failing to pay $411 million in taxes, slamming it as a political move to wreck his career

In a Facebook post, Najib said the bankruptcy notice was issued Tuesday at the end of the first day of an appeal to overturn his graft conviction and 12-year prison sentence.

Najib’s United Malays National Organization returned to government as the biggest bloc in Muhyiddin's alliance, which took power after ousting the previous reformist government that won the 2018 vote. But UMNO has been unhappy playing second fiddle to Muhyiddin's Malay party and is pushing for early elections, although they are not due until 2023.

He said he will lose his Parliament seat and will be unable to run if he is declared bankrupt.

“I will fight against every attempt to bully and intimidate me by those in power,” Najib said, adding he had asked his lawyers to seek a stay order on the bankuptcy proceedings.

Najib remains an influential party member despite his court cases.