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Najib of Malaysia drops bling before the 1MDB fraud trial | News



Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – While he is prime minister, Najib Razak is often accused by the lives of ordinary citizens.

But now, out of the office and facing dozens of criminal charges in connection with an extraordinary multibillion-dollar scandal in Malaysia's 1MDB investment fund, 65-year-olds seem to be reinventing itself as a people of the people.

Italian cut-cut suits have lost their carefully coordinated tie and pocket handkerchiefs. Her husband, Rosmah Mansor, in her traditional silk made silk with diamonds, could not be seen.

These days, Najib, who falls hoodie and kicks, hangs on bikers young, riding behind a moped.

Every moment has been shared with his social media accounts and has been captioned in the slogan: What a shame my boss is? (What's shame about, boss?). There's even a set of t-shirts.

Najib's new look is the preparation of persecution to file the case against Najib at the Kuala Lumpur High Court, the first time a Malaysian leader was on the pier on criminal charges, including abduction of money, bribery and abuse of power.

The test is scheduled to take place on Tuesday. However, late on Monday, Najib's attorney said that it was being deferred as Najib asked. No new date has been set.

The United States Department of Justice says that $ 4.5bn is reproduced from 1

MDB to fund anything from luxury apartments to expensive jewelry – and even Hollywood film, Wolf of Wall Street. Some of the money from the wealthy wealth fund, set up by Najib in 2009, is said to have ended in the personal bank account of the former prime minister.

"It's really a classic populism," Meredith Weiss, a politician in Southeast Asia at the Albany University in New York who regularly traveled to Malaysia, said Najib's public personality led the trial.

"This is a contrast from before the election."

"Ignorance and rebellion"

The measure of corruption in 1MDB is one of the reasons for the surprise of the May 2018 elections, which pushed the opposition of the Pakatan Expectations of the government – the first defeat by Najib's party, the United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and Barisan Nasional coalition for six decades.

The Malaysians watched last year as the police boarded shopping trolleys carrying handkerchiefers, cash bags and expensive jewelry from properties linked to Najib and his family.

Investigators said the value was worth $ 273m. It took 22 people, six counts of machines and three days to count all the money, which came in 26 different currencies.

Najib refuses any sin.

In an interview with the East East Al Jazeera program last year, he said he did not know what was happening to the fund even as the country's prime minister, he led the board of advisers of 1MDB and, as his finance minister , is authorized to sign off on its major financial transactions.

In a song he released in social media in January – a re-working in Malay The Manhattans soul classic Kiss and Say Goodbye – he accused the government of spreading lies and wanting revenge.

"Najib's defense and strategy is largely ignorant and," says Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, an analyst at Kuala Lumpur. "It's hard for him to argue otherwise."

Political career

Born in July 1953 in Kuala Lipis's lamented city when Malaysia was free and British colony, Najib was Abdul's first child, Razak Hussein, the man who continued to be independent secondary minister of Malaysia. His uncle will be third.

Like many children in the country's elite, then and now, she was sent overseas as a teenager, first attending Malvern College – one of Britain's most expensive private schools – and eventually making a degree in the economic economy at the University of Nottingham.

But in 1976, Razak died and Najib was politically motivated, taking his old father's seat in Pekan, a small town hugging the banks of the Pahang River on the east coast of Malaysia. his father's reputation, Najib's political upheaval is assured: The youngest member of federal parliament soon becomes, at the state level, the youngest prime minister.

"He went to politics at a very young age – he was very good as a prime minister even though he was the youngest [and] many people really liked him," said Saifuddin Abdullah, who worked with Najib of UMNO and government before leaving the party in 2015.

"You're just like him, good PR, no doubt about it," added Saifuddin is now foreign minister Malaysia.

"This is a political person because they are 23," said Oh Ei Sun, a political analyst who worked with Najib when he was first prime minister. "So there is a right right."

Najib plays golf at US President Barack Obama in Hawaii in December 2014 [File: Hugh Gentry/Reuters]

After he became minister of education and defense minister, Najib was a deputy prime minister in 2004. He took the top job five years ago , vowing to build a frugal and political dynamic Malaysia, and double per capita income to $ 15,000 by 2020.

The plan aims to diversify the economy beyond natural resources among the areas such as green energy and technology, and reducing subsidies. In politics, the focus must be on removing the supreme law that is permitted for the inhibition of torture and the strengthening of democracy.

For Saifuddin, I t had the promise of transformation that got his attention. "He seems to say all the right things," he said to Al Jazeera.

Najib's Urbane way became popular in the international stage, and he and Rosmah traveled overseas – spreading the shoulder to world leaders in the United Nations General Assembly, dancing to tech titans like Jack Ma of China, and playing golf at ex-US President Barack Obama.

However, locally, support for the long-standing Barisan continues to fall. In the 2013 elections, the coalition lost its popular vote for the first time, though the winner-take-it-all voting system with the uneven influence of its countryside helped Barisan to help in the office.

As the reform program ceased, a tax-in-service tax is further weakening support for Najib's government – but he is about to face a more serious challenge to his authority.

Fraudulent Scandal Fund

In its launch in 2009, 1MDB is considered a multibillion-dollar investment by a Saudi oil firm PetroSaudi who has sent new industries to create jobs for Malaysians .

Later, multibillion-dollar deals in the United Arab Emirates developed huge Tun Razak Exchange developments in Kuala Lumpur, as well as oil and gas projects.

But suspects about the fund's investment strategy began to appear, with critics pointing to debt spelling and asking about fat

There were also questions to Najib's son Riza Aziz , and how he collected money to make the movie The Wolf of Wall Street, a financial super-2013 story and indecent starring Hollywood superstar Leonardo di Caprio. The suspects are also focused on a young, loving Malaysian financial financier who is often seen with Riza and whose name appears in movie credits: Jho Low, whose locations are currently unknown.

an investigation. But then came the bombshell. The Sarawak Report blog report and the Wall Street Journal report that hundreds of millions of dollars were deposited into Najib's personal bank account soon before the 2013 election.

Najib rejected the receipt of money "for personal gain", saying it was a donation from a Saudi prince who was then returned.

But, in defense, the prime minister declared with a harder glimpse of his charming public image.

In July 2015, he stunned Malaysia by firing a lawyer general who led the 1MDB investigation and removing senior ministers who asked him over funded events.

Edge, a local business enterprise that reports extensively in 1MDB, has been suspended for three months, while Sarawak Report access and other critical resources have been blocked. Opposition politicians who raised concerns about 1MDB found that themselves had stopped leaving the country and c rituals that found themselves facing charges under the law of sedition promised by Najib to abolish. in which you take power over the ruin of the ruling elite, "said Lee Morgenbesser, an expert in governmental authorities at Griffith University of Australia." He then got a scandal on corruption that he left the small room for deception. "

For O, the political analyst, Najib often seems" cold and isolated, "but he is also a" good listener "comfortable with numbers and charts.

who is chatting with Christine Lagarde, the current head of the International Monetary Fund who was then a French financial minister. "They are throwing economic rules on each other, comparing notes," he said. "I thought , here's a man who knows his portfolio. "

Najib and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, arriving in the Philippines for a summit of ASEAN in November 2017 [File: Erik De Castro/Reuters]

Na said jib who came to 1MDB, he was not

In October 2018, he said in the 101 East of Al Jazeera that he was proud of what he did as prime minister and defended.

"There has been progress in the country," Najib said in his years of power. "There was more wealth in the country when I left, so I was proud of the record I gained as a prime minister."

Najib proved almost 40 numbers; Rosmah is around 20. Previous allies are also in the court of corruption charges.

In appeals, cases may take many years to grind their way through the courts, maintaining Najib even without his regular social media updates.

But history is likely to prove a more demanding judge than bikers in their "bossku" shirts.

"Najib's heritage will be the historic loss of the Barisan Nasional," said Asrul Hadi. Unfortunately for Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, the name Razak is related to Najib and 1MDB for generations to come. "


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