One week after Najib Razak's surprise election loss in Malaysia, police have raided the former Prime Minister's home and other places linked to him.
Commercial crime chief Amar Singh said the valuables were seized in a search that began late Thursday at apartments linked to Najib at an upscale condominium in Kuala Lumpur.
Police pored over "thousands and thousands of personal items", according to Najib's lawyer, seizing handbags, before their attention turned to the safe.
He said the police's raid on Najib's Taman Duta home, which continued for more than 18 hours involving nearly 50 to 60 policemen on the night of Ramadan, revealed a lack of empathy for Najib, who had openly expressed his commitment to give his full cooperation to the authorities. "I was just listening to him", Anwar said when asked if Najib had offered him a deal to shift allegiance. He has said that an initial investigation showed the scale of wrongdoing by Najib's administration was more serious than expected. "There may be clashes between these two big personalities, but (officials in their) coalition as well as the expectations of Malaysians will provide a check and balance", he said.
Police mentioned possible money laundering offences but didn't mention 1MDB, he said, adding that there was "no indication at all" that Mr Najib would be arrested.
The government announced Thursday that it set up a five-member committee, including a former attorney general and an adviser to Indonesia's Financial Services Authority, to handle the 1MDB case.
The convoy, which picked up vehicles as it sped through the city, carried the 70-year-old Anwar to the king's palace, where he shared a warm handshake with new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - his former nemesis and current ally - before having an audience with the monarch. Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, endorsed Mahathir and served as his deputy in the coalition to oust Najib.
"He was calm and of course upset, but the whole family cooperated", Grewal said of Najib. He declined to give details.
Mr Najib is accused of embezzling hundreds of millions of pounds from the Malaysian state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
After three years in prison, Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim is now a free man after receiving a royal pardon.
The seismic May 9 general election saw his 61-year old National Front coalition almost wiped out by a rag-tag coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad, who was Malaysia's longest-serving prime minister and Najib's former mentor.
Speaking about Mr Mahathir's behaviour during his first prime ministership, Ibrahim Suffian, executive director of the Merdeka Center, an independent survey group, said: "Many of his allies suffered during his time as prime minister". He said the New Economic Policy, instituted in 1971 following bloody riots fueled by Malay discontent with the relative affluence of ethnic minority Chinese, has been abused to enrich the elites.