Bribes, connections: Rise and fall of Malaysian crime boss Nicky Liow

Nicky Liow in April 2021. He pleaded not guilty to 26 counts of money laundering involving RM36 million. PHOTO: DATO SERI LIOW/FACEBOOK
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KUALA LUMPUR - Nicky Liow Soon Hee describes himself as a businessman and a philanthropist.

But up until Monday (April 11), when he surrendered to the authorities ending a year on the run, most people would have associated his name with organised crime: So far, more than 100 associates of his - including some who held Datuk Seri titles, just like Liow - have been arrested and 16 of them have been charged.

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