MANILA — ‘Every cent’ of public funds that are stolen must be returned, Malaysian Prime Minister-designate Anwar Ibrahim said Tuesday. Anwar, who will take over from Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad in 2 years, spoke to Filipino businessmen about Malaysia’s efforts to recover billions that were allegedly stolen from the state-run 1Malaysian Development Berhad under then term of former Prime Minister Najib Razak. “We must make sure that every cent stolen from the people must be returned,” Anwar told a forum hosted by the Management Association of the Philippines. Shortly after his lecture, Anwar met with former senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who was at the same venue. The Marcos family, which is mounting a political comeback in the national scene, is accused of stealing billions of dollars during the patriarch’s decades-long rule. “I have been consistent about it. If you have evidence, if you squandered, the money has to be returned,” Anwar told reporters who asked about his position on the Marcos’ wealth. He did not give details about his meeting with the former senator. Why the recovery of Marcos ‘ill-gotten wealth’ has taken ages Malaysia’s former PM Najib charged with 3 counts of money laundering Anwar was jailed in 2000 on charges of sodomy. He was freed in 2004 after the Malaysian Supreme Court overturned the decision. Last year, Anwar forged an alliance with Mahatir, who sent him to jail, to defeat former prime minister Najib.