PM under scrutiny over wealth, opposition crackdown

AFP | .

Malaysia's premier is under mounting scrutiny for cracking down on opponents, troubles in a strategic development fund and questions over his family assets, with even ruling-party conservatives questioning his leadership.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, 61, took the helm of the multi-ethnic country's long-ruling regime in 2009, promising to soothe racial tensions and bolster democracy.

But he is under fire from progressives for abandoning such pledges and from ruling-party hardliners over 1MDB -- a development vehicle he launched that is believed to be in a precarious state.

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