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Malaysia jails former leader, robber baron

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/03/18, 11:08 am

Malaysian police arrested former Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday, punctuating the downfall of one of the country’s wealthiest political families. Authorities accuse Najib of stealing billions of dollars from a state investment fund he set up when he took power in 2009. Police have seized truckloads of luggage filled with cash, jewelry, and designer bags worth $272 million from his home and other properties. Najib’s father and uncle served as Malaysia’s second and third prime ministers, respectively.

The rural Malays who make up the base of his liberal party have ridiculed his extravagance, and the U.S. Justice Department said he used $4.5 billion in stolen funds to finance Hollywood films and purchase hotels, a yacht, art, and a 22-carat pink diamond necklace for his wife. As prime minister, Najib promised to reform oppressive security laws but failed to do so and increasingly pandered to Islamists and ethnic chauvinists in the the country. He denies the charges against him and called them “political vengeance” against his family.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 07/03/2018 06:40 pm

    Ethically, no great distance between Najib and the guy who breaks in your house to steal your laptop. 

    I’m of the opinion that the US has never seen official corruption on this scale because of the enduring influence of Christianity on our laws and values. From those groups of settlers who purposefully came here in order to worship God freely, right through our Revolutionary Documents in which the Creator’s Blessing was invoked, the trials of the Civil War in which many believed ending slavery was a Godly cause, through the present in which leading political candidates who probably do not personally know the God of the Universe recognize they need the support of those of us who do know the Lord. 

    Let us be mindful of where the real Power is.