18 May '18, 8am

'Cash is king': The fall of Malaysia's first couple

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - With his scandal-tainted career and her reputation as greedy and domineering, Malaysia's disgraced former first couple look set to have their names etched in the country's history books as synonyms for the corruption of power. Seemingly secure just a week ago, Mr Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor face a tightening noose as a new government that unexpectedly won elections last week ramps up investigations into allegations of graft and excess that have hung over the pair for years. The fast-moving developments are a stunning comeuppance for a couple that have towered over Malaysia for a decade, but ultimately were brought down by greed and hubris. The bland patrician son of one of Malaysia's founding fathers, Mr Najib, now 64, had been groomed for the prime minister's post from young. He took over in 2009 but was widely viewed in Malaysia as being h...

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