11 August 2015
The future looked dark for Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak last month when it was reported that investigators probing alleged mismanagement at state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) had traced a payment of nearly $700 million to a bank account under his name.
Yet Najib has not only survived the political crisis so far, he has tightened his grip on power through a series of deft steps to sideline would-be dissenters.
“Najib, it appears, has indeed emerged from the eye of the storm,” said Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies.
“He is now attempting to consolidate his power both within his party and among the general public and the society,” he added.
IDSS / Online
Last updated on 16/11/2015