Malaysia votes 2018

Malaysia election: Signs Malaysians are shrugging off 1MDB saga

A protester holding a placard that says "Save Malaysia Arrest Thief"' during a rally in Kuala Lumpur on April 14. The rally was held to call for the arrest of businessman Low Taek Jho, who has been linked to the 1MDB scandal.
A protester holding a placard that says "Save Malaysia Arrest Thief"' during a rally in Kuala Lumpur on April 14. The rally was held to call for the arrest of businessman Low Taek Jho, who has been linked to the 1MDB scandal.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Scandal at state investment firm seems to be a lower priority than bread-and-butter issues

For the last three years, global attention on Malaysia has revolved around the scandal at the state investment firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which was directly connected to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

The scandal over the alleged misappropriation of billions in state funds as well as money laundering triggered probes in multiple jurisdictions, shuttered a number of overseas financial institutions that facilitated the illicit money flows, and resulted in the criminal convictions of rogue bankers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Signs Malaysians are shrugging off 1MDB saga'. Print Edition | Subscribe