Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak broke a cardinal rule in politics. He inadvertently admitted ‘guilt’ when the Malaysian Anti-corruption Commission cleared him of any wrongdoing in accepting a political donation. His position – vulnerable since his ascent to premiership – is no longer tenable as Malaysians question his sincerity and trustworthiness.
On July 2, 2015, the Wall Street Journal alleged that $700 million had gone into a personal bank account of Razak’s. The prime minister offered a non-denial denial:
Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.
Razak also labelled the report as political sabotage and threatened to sue the Wall Street Journal (more than a month after the allegation was made, at the time of publishing this article, the prime minister has yet to sue).
As the noose tightened around his neck, Razak went for broke.

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) addresses a press conference as newly-appointed Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (L) and Malaysia’s Chief Secretary Ali Hamsa (R) listen at the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya on July 28, following a cabinet reshuffle amid a furor over a mushrooming scandal that is threatening his hold on office. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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