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1MDB trial shows the depths of Malaysia's economic woes

Martin Scorsese would bow in face of scandal playing out in New York

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A 1Malaysia Development Berhad billboard in Kuala Lumpur, pictured in February 2016: it takes a warped, opaque and stuck-in-time political system to produce a scandal like 1MDB.   © Reuters

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Acclaimed director Martin Scorsese could be the real winner in the 1MDB scandal tantalizing onlookers from Kuala Lumpur to New York.

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