Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) addresses a press conference as newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (L) and Malaysia’s Chief Secretary Ali Hamsa (R) listen during a press conference at the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya on July 28, 2015, following a cabinet reshuffle. Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on July 28 replaced his deputy premier Muhyiddin Yassin, who has been critical of Najib’s handling of the scandal involving state-owned development company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and sacked his attorney general amid a furore over a mushrooming scandal that is threatening his hold on office. AFP PHOTO / MOHD RASFAN (Photo credit should read MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Malaysia’s Prime  Minister broke a cardinal rule in politics. He inadvertently admitted ‘guilt’ when the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission cleared him of any wrong doing in accepting a political donation. His position – vulnerable since his ascent to premiership – is no longer tenable as Malaysians question his sincerity and trustworthiness.
On 2 July 2015, the Wall Street Journal alleged that $700 million had gone into a personal bank account of Malaysia’s Prime Minister. The Prime Minister offered a non-denial denial :
Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.
The Prime Minister also labelled the report a political sabotage and threatened to sue the Wall Street Journal (more than a month after the allegation was made, at time of publishing this article, the Prime Minister has yet to sue).
As the noose tightened around his neck, the Prime Minister went for broke.

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