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[$$] Malaysians gripped as Najib’s 1MDB hearing looms

CK Tan, Nikkei Staff Writer

Toh Yen Kee was filled with optimism when Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was swept into power last May. She was so optimistic, in fact, that she quit her job as a top executive at a multinational company in Singapore, where she lived for 23 years, and returned home to work for the Malaysian government. “When the new government won the election, I basically told myself, ‘if not now, when?’” Ms Toh told the Nikkei Asian Review. Like many in Malaysia, Ms Toh saw the defeat of the decades-long ruling party led by former prime minister Najib Razak as a turning point for the country.