Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, whose coalition faces its biggest challenge in 55 years, said the election offers a choice between a reforming government that’s boosted growth and a fractious opposition that could bring “catastrophic ruin” for the country.
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is aiming to end the National Front’s 55-year hold on power, said the divisions within his coalition won’t prevent it from ruling effectively should it win in national polls.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged to fight corruption, boost public services and seek a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council if his coalition retains power in elections due in a matter of weeks.
Investigators stepping up scrutiny of the crew of the missing Malaysian Air passenger jet are piecing together a profile of the pilot, whose Facebook and YouTube postings show a man passionate about aviation, handy at repairs and supportive of the country’s political opposition.
Five days before Christmas, ex-Deputy Prime Minister Rodrigo Rato was asked by a prosecutor probing the collapse of Bankia SA whether he’d done business with Jaime Castellanos, chairman of Lazard Ltd.’s Spanish unit.
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak said stocks and the ringgit would plunge if he loses next month’s election, contrasting his government’s pursuit of stable change with the upheaval that has engulfed the Middle East.
Thailand’s benchmark stock index dropped by the most in 15 months and the baht weakened as nationalist protesters said they will begin rallies to call for stronger action in a border dispute with Cambodia.
Najib Razak was sworn in as Malaysia’s prime minister after his coalition won a mandate extending its 55-year rule, with stocks and the ringgit rallying even as Anwar Ibrahim’s opposition vowed to contest some results.
To shore up the Spanish banking system, Caja Madrid Chairman Rodrigo Rato may offload a stake in a water ride inspired by the Greek god Triton, a restaurant modeled after a Roman villa and an Egyptian-themed fun house called the Piramide del Terror.