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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's 1MDB debt looms over next election and coming decades

Muhyiddin government highlights strain on federal coffers left by rival UMNO

Years after the scandal broke, 1MDB continues to haunt Malaysian politics -- and limit the government's financial maneuvering room.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia is gradually recouping money stolen in the country's 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal, but officials warn the failed wealth fund's debt will weigh on government finances for years to come -- a reality check that could also prove politically useful in the next election.

The government announced last week that the U.S. Department of Justice had remitted $452.36 million worth of funds seized in a 1MDB-related probe.

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