Head of the Malaysian government Najib Razak has been accused of corruption. The Wall Street Journal and The Sarawak Report journalists revealed about $700 million. The funds were received in 2013, 2014, and 2015. It is noted that two transactions of over $11 million were made in 2014 and 2015 after the crash of Malaysian МН 370 and MH 17. People took to the streets in the capital of Malaysia protesting against Najib Razak.
Dmitry Mosyakov, Director of the Centre of South-Eastern Asia, Australia and Oceania at the Institute of Oriental Studies commented Pravda.Ru on whether the PM was bribed and who could do it.
According to him, there is political confrontation between Najib Razak and the "founder" of the Malaysian policy Mahathir bin Mohamad, who opposed the PM. Beside that, almost all political forces in Malaysia, traditionalists, Muslim radicals, pro-Western liberals intent to destroy the monolith of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO).
Thus, all the corruption scandals taking part in the country, are of a serious importance for the domestic policy, the expert noted.
"It is an important lever, which may be able to split UMNO, but in any case its monopoly over power will be significantly shaken.
Pliability of the Malaysian PM may be connected not only with the US pressure, but also with the fact that he wishes to obtain support of the Americans and influential Western forces, that act in Malaysia and oppose him as yet. Thus, he may be looking for a pivot in the relations with the US, doing favourable things for them," Mosyakov noted.
Answering the question why mostly those coming from China took to the protests against the Malaysian PM and what initiated the protests, Mosyakov said, that it is referred to the policy of "United Malaysian nation", which was put in place after the bloody acts between the Chinese and the Malaysians in the 60s. Given this concept, the political sphere is the hands of Malays, while the economic one is mostly in the hands of the Chinese.
Today, there occurred a very serious part of pro-Western Malay elite, which stands for the equality among all the groups of population," the expert explained.
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