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Malaysia's finance minister eyes next lap of marathon

Tengku Zafrul Aziz, who went from the staid world of banking to running the country’s treasury at the most turbulent of times, looks to new political challenges as the pandemic threat ebbs.

For Tengku Zafrul Aziz, the finance minister's job came with more excitement than he had bargained for. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG
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Things are looking up for Malaysia's economy, and perhaps for the man who has steered it for the past 26 months - Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Aziz.

Last Friday, when Bank Negara Malaysia announced the first quarter growth number, it reported that the US$360 billion (S$499 billion) economy had expanded 5 per cent in the three months to March 31, faster than expected.

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