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>> Scandal, what scandal? Malaysians waking up to media silence on Thursday about a billion dollar US civil lawsuit. The Justice Department aiming to seize a huge sum of money, allegedly skimmed off 1MDB, a state fund set-up by Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak six years ago. 12 hours later, all that a spokesman had to say was that Malaysia would cooperate with any investigations.
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Reuters' Praveen Menon says other than that, the government's operating like nothing ever happened.>> It is a sign of how conscious our primus magic feels about his position in the ruling party as well as his position politically. The fact that he is not reacting much or even that he's not being questioned internally so far on the 1MDB allegation is a clear sign that Najib is still in control.
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And has all of the cabinet ministers and his government aid on his side. And as long as they're on his side, there is no threat to his leadership.>> It's not like Malaysians are in the dark though. Social media is full of outrage and frustration.>> They are essentially saying that it's finally some sign of justice that they've rarely seen in the 1MDB case because so far all the Malaysian investigations have come out saying that the government and the Prime Minister was not found guilty of any offense.
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So it's clear that the general population is pursuing the story very closely, although the government has chosen to vastly ignore it.>> Najib wasn't mentioned in the US lawsuit, which refers only to a Malaysian official number one. Critics have long been calling for him to step down. But he's only tighten his grip on power, scoring huge election wins while firing opponents within his ruling party.