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Malaysia ex-PM Muhyiddin charged in $51m money scam

Opposition dealt huge blow in run-up to state elections in June

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks to supporters in Kuala Lumpur on March 9 after being released on bail. (Photo by Norman Goh)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was charged with six counts of corruption at the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Friday. He is the focus of a scandal involving a total of 232.5 million ringgit ($51.41 million) as the president of the Bersatu party.

The 76-year-old politician heads the opposition coalition Perikatan Nasional and was one of the hopefuls for the prime minister post during the November general election.

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