Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (top L) and national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar (top C) chat after inspecting a guard of honour during the 209th Police Day parade in Kuala Lumpur on March 25, 2016. / AFP / MOHD RASFAN
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Leaders from across Malaysia's political spectrum said Sunday they plan to present a petition to the country's Islamic royalty seeking the removal of scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak over a corruption crisis.The 90-year-old Mahathir, who dominated Malaysia as premier for 22 years before retiring in 2003, has for months spearheaded calls for Najib's removal.Najib, 62, is under pressure over allegations that billions of dollars were stolen from a state firm he founded, and over his own acceptance of a mysterious $681 million payment from overseas.The outrage has been strong enough to unite formerly bitter political foes such as Mahathir and leaders of opposition parties in the push to remove Najib.Najib at first denied receiving the $681 million payment in 2013 .
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