Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim questioned by police

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Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim questioned by police - Malaysian Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to media outside the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters after being questioned by police over a leaked list of parliamentarians purportedly showing him having the support needed to take over as premier. - Shafiq Hashim/BERNAMA/dpa

Malaysia's long-time prime ministerial candidate Anwar Ibrahim is being questioned by police over a leaked list of parliamentarians purportedly showing him having the support needed to take over as premier.

Police said over one hundred complaints were filed about the list, which suggested several members of parliament from parties in the current governing coalition had defected. Some of the lawmakers on the list claimed it was fake.

On September 23, Anwar said a "formidable" majority of lawmakers backed him taking over control of the government from incumbent Muhyiddin Yassin.

Malaysia's King Abdullah, whose imprimatur is needed for a government to be formed, said this week that Anwar did not provide documentary proof of his claim to have majority support.

Anwar evaded waiting journalists as he arrived at a Kuala Lumpur police station on Friday.

A former deputy prime minister who came close to leading an opposition coalition to an unlikely win in 2013 elections, Anwar has twice been jailed on charges of corruption and sodomy - the latter a crime under laws inherited from British rule.

Anwar was scheduled to take office by 2020 under an agreement with 95-year-old former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who in Anwar's enforced absence led the opposition to a shock win in 2018's election.

Mahathir pardoned Anwar in 2018 but stalled on the handover before resigning in February. The ensuing power struggle saw former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin take power, running a new coalition made up of parties that lost the 2018 vote.