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Malaysia in transition

Najib and Goldman 1MDB twists pose risks and rewards for Muhyiddin

Landmark verdict and settlement flip narrative surrounding Malaysia's PM

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to reporters after being convicted on seven charges and sentenced to 12 years in prison on July 28.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- When Muhyiddin Yassin became Malaysia's prime minister in March, many saw it as a step backward in the fight against corruption. After all, his fledgling government was dependent on parliamentary support from the party tarnished by one of the world's biggest financial scandals, Najib Razak's United Malays National Organization.

What a difference $3.9 billion and the conviction of a former prime minister make.

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