News analysis

Najib in jail: One rival down for Malaysia's PM Ismail, but election's not in the bag yet

Najib Razak's (left) absence from the political scene will strengthen Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's hand. PHOTOS: REUTERS, AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

KUALA LUMPUR - Going by past record, the high-profile jailing of top politicians in Malaysia has far-reaching ramifications, and not all of them foreseeable.

When Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was first arrested for sodomy and corruption in 1998 and subsequently imprisoned, it sparked an opposition movement and caused a split in ruling party Umno, which was then led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the prime minister at that time.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.