A milestone interest payment for a huge debt owed to Abu Dhabi due in the middle of this month is presenting Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's new government with its most serious economic challenge yet, as it struggles with the aftershocks from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
The interest charge of US$50.3 million (S$70 million) represents the first financial commitment that the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition government must honour over the 1MDB affair since coming to power after the May general election.
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