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Malaysia's souring economy the price of politics

Malaysia's risk profile among local and foreign investors has risen sharply with the growing debate over how long Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad should remain in office.ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's economic woes are turning the spotlight on the nation's single-largest uncertainty - political leadership succession.

Malaysia's risk profile among local and foreign investors has risen sharply with the growing debate over how long Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad should remain in office, ahead of a closely watched presidential council meeting of the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition set for Friday (Feb 21).

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