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Malaysia scandal claims not isolated, says MP

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Amid a scandal in Malaysia over a cattle feedlot supremo, an opposition party believes Prime Minister Najib Razak will not delay national elections – because political accusations may get worse. Sen Lam of Radio Australia reports.

Dr Kumar Devaraj, the only sitting federal MP of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM), told Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific program high-level corruption is still an issue that haunts the nation.

PSM is devoted to giving the nation’s poor people a voice.

Dr Kumar said he did not believe ‘Cowgate’ – involving the husband of politician Shahrizat Abdul Jalil – “is an exception to the rule; that’s what they’ve been doing all along”.

‘Not isolated’

He said: “And that’s why they’re facing this upswing of public anger . . . precisely for this sort of thing. This is not isolated.”

Given allegations of corruption and PM Najib’s personal ratings, does he think general elections now are likely to be pushed back?

“Well, I think he can’t push it too far back. By March next year, it’s five years.

“And also, I think the economy is scaring the Barisan Nasional people, because if Europe goes into a recession, Malaysia being a trading country would face a downturn.

“And so the window of opportunity is actually closing, because at this point in time they can still win by a small majority.”

Listen to Dr Jeyakumar (Radio Australia audio)

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