Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was set to be charged in court on Wednesday as part of investigations into how billions of dollars went missing from a state fund he founded.
Earlier, a security source said that agents from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission arrested Mr Najib.
Local media reports said Najib was seen leaving his house in the capital, Kuala Lumpur, in an unmarked police auto.
Sources have said Najib could face multiple charges.
"I asked him to support the (Malaysian) government because I thought their government has a record of supporting governments which are somewhat friendly with them", Najib told Malaysiakini.
Allegations over the misappropriation of state funds at 1MBD emerged in 2015 as the public learned that $4bn had gone missing from the fund and almost $700m was allegedly transferred into Najib's bank account.
The US Department of Justice has previously said over $4.5 billion was siphoned off from 1MDB.
"Najib is the first (former) prime minister ever to be charged in court in the history of Malaysia", said Tian Chua, vice president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, a key political party in the current ruling coalition. "Let investigations be carried out", he said.
"I admit there are many weaknesses as a normal human being, I am not flawless but believe me, that the accusations against me and my family are not all true", he said.
The Malaysian government under Najib was accused of blocking probes into 1MDB and not cooperating with foreign agencies investigating the fund, but local probes have been reopened since Mahathir came to power.
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