30 Jan '16, 1am

Why Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal is denting growth - Leslie Shaffer (CNBC) https://t.co/wGJMmh3vBI

Leslie Shaffer CNBC 29th January 2016 Thought the long-running political scandal over Malaysia’s deeply indebted sovereign fund was over? It isn’t and the festering scandal is likely to weigh on the economy and may eventually spur a ratings downgrade, Oxford Economics says. That’s bad news for Malaysia, which is already suffering from a slide in the price of commodities, an important chunk of the economy and a key source of revenue for the government. The currency has tumbled and the government’s debt levels have climbed, fueling investor concerns. “Just as it appeared that the long-running scandal over state investment company 1MDB had been satisfactorily resolved, the issue has reignited with an appeal against the ruling exonerating the prime minister,” Christine Shields, lead economist at Oxford Economics, said in a note Friday. “The issue is a real worry as it is erodi...

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