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Malaysia PM Anwar's pick of daughter as adviser draws flak

Accusation of nepotism could worry investors expecting clean break from past

Nurul Izzah, Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim's eldest daughter, speaks during an election campaign in May 2018. Her family is being accused of nepotism.   © AP

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has been accused of nepotism by the public and opposition after appointing his eldest daughter Nurul Izzah as his senior adviser in economics and finance.

The appointment of Nurul, 42, took effect on Jan. 3 but this was only made public on Sunday when she revealed the position in an exclusive interview with the English-language daily newspaper The Star.

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