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Opinion

Ghosts of Malaysia's past imperil its economic future

New leader will have less than a year to govern before the next election

| Malaysia
Hishammuddin Hussein, pictured in Singapore in June 2017: the first cousin of Najib is among the names mentioned as the next prime minister.   © AP

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

Malaysia is inspiring a bull market in cynicism as it seeks a new prime minister who will take power holding very bad cards.

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