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After five years of repeatedly delayed hearings on dozens of graft charges, Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi’s court trials have finally come to an end.
But the controversy over Monday’s court decision to discharge Datuk Seri Zahid continues. It was the state prosecutors who had applied to withdraw the case, raising fierce criticism and claims that Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s unity government had politically interfered in the proceedings because it involved Mr Zahid, chief of the Umno party which is a key government ally.
How this issue will impact the electorate will be quickly tested at two by-elections in Johor this weekend.
Political temperatures remain elevated since the state elections in August, with both government and opposition supporters calling for boycotts and other discriminatory practices against each other as well as against those from states governed by their rivals.
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Rapidly deteriorating air quality has been reported since the early hours of Monday morning.
MAS imposes lifetime ban on ex-Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng over 1MDB money laundering
Ng was sentenced by a US court to 10 years in prison for his role in the 1MDB conspiracy.
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