Nikkei Asian Review had featured our PM Najib Razak highlighting the disgraceful fact that he maintains a firm grip on power despite the 1MDB scandal.
Contrast this with Japanese politicians who may also be crooked – but at least they know about honour.
Last month, the governor of Tokyo resigned amid a spending scandal. Yoichi Masuzoe, who won election promising a scandal-free administration, had faced fierce criticisms over his excessive expenses on official trips, accommodation in high-end spas, lavish family outings and expensive clothing. He had also used official funds to pay for holidays and even art and comic books for his children. He denied breaking the law, but admitted to ethical lapses around his lavish spending.
Masuzoe’s predecessor Naoki Inose, an author-turned-politician also had to step down in December 2013 after just over one year in office. Inose had accepted a ¥50 million ($480,000) loan from the founder of a hospital group at the center of an investigation over electoral violations.
Akira Amari bows at a news conference where he said he was resigning to take responsibility for a political funding scandal. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters
In January 2016, Japan’s economy minister Akira Amari – a central figure in Abe’s economic program, known as “Abenomics” – resigned after he acknowledged receiving ¥1 million in cash from an unnamed Chiba-based construction company executive. But he denied taking bribes, claiming he had instructed his aides to record the envelopes of cash as a political donation.