There has been feverish speculation about whether former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak has received a partial royal pardon for his role in the 1MDB corruption scandal. CNA’s Leslie Lopez broke the news on Wednesday, quoting official sources, that Najib’s jail sentence had been reduced to six years from 12 years. As we await the official statement expected this week, read James Chin’s commentary from last month on how Najib’s fate will impact the top political figures in Malaysia, including Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.
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