How Corrupt Is Malaysia’s Prime Minister?

  • Published on Dec 27, 2016
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    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been implicated in multiple corruption scandals that undermined his mandate. So how corrupt is he?
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    The New York Times: Malaysia Closes Investigation Into Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Funds
    The Wall Street Journal: Malaysia Says Saudis Gave Prime Minister Najib Razak a $681 Million ‘Donation’
    The Guardian: Former Malaysian attorney general planned charges against PM - report
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Comments • 5 112

  • humanity humanity
    humanity humanity 2 days ago

    It is good that Najib is gone, but the present government is no better than the old one. People are suffering. All election promises are not kept. Rubber tappers, paddy planters, fishermen, students and many more are suffering. Our share market is not performing well. There is a drop in the value of the Malaysian Ringgit. The vast majority of the people who have voted for the present government feel that they have been cheated. Many political analysts say that the 2018 election was won with lies and deceptions. People are feeling fed up at the government when it makes lame excuses that all is wrong in the country because of the previous government. We don't have competent people holding high positions in the country. Many leaders who were given high offices are wasting time on Facebook and other social media. Their academic qualification has become a laughing stock. Many of them claim that they are degree and diploma holders, while in the actual fact, what they hold are just blank papers. These so-called new leaders are only concern with their popularity within the urban population and have never bothered to go to the countryside (Kampong folks) to listen to their grievances. In my opinion, the real backbone of the country's economy is the contributions made by those working in the rural areas; palm oil, rubber, etc. The present government should be sensitive enough to feel the pulse of the nation and provide assistance to those who need it. Unlike other developing nations, Malaysia should not be swept away by corporate capitalism. Under such a condition, the rich businessmen become richer and richer, while the poor become poorer and poorer. The present government should retain some of the good initiatives of the previous government. Those initiatives were really a great help in developing the talent of young people. In the old Malaysia, the wealth of the nation was shared with the people, while in the New Malaysia it has been shared among the rich and powerful people of the county. May God save Malaysia and it great again.

  • Jetlee6666
    Jetlee6666 3 days ago

    When Najib & his party's member can get "World Class Corrupt Record" ?

  • Quah Michael
    Quah Michael 5 days ago

    Malaysia under BN regimes are the most corrupted government. Najis razak is the most corrupted PM in Malaysia history.


    Malaysian must be proud

  • just a guy with no life


  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Muhammad Abdullah 27 days ago

    He is evil in office

  • Andy Kris
    Andy Kris Month ago

    Unimaginably corrupt

  • Andy Kris
    Andy Kris Month ago

    Looks like very

  • kamarul hisham
    kamarul hisham Month ago

    new government more worse than najib

  • Rosmah Ayu Ninda
    Rosmah Ayu Ninda 2 months ago

    Unfortunately most Malaysians still prefer the master of kleptocracy to rule our country. To them dirty means wealthy.

  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Muhammad Abdullah 2 months ago

    Very corrupted. They think God will give their blessing. Corruption is popcorn frying compared to altantuya case

  • Ginger Teddy
    Ginger Teddy 3 months ago

    All allegations still not proven.

  • Mrafi Yasin
    Mrafi Yasin 3 months ago

    A simple logic with mathematics The salary of Malaysian PM is among the lowest in the world. Najib will have a hard time explaining why he has billions of dollars in his account. The Saudi govt had denied of giving any firm of donation to Najib.

  • Willaim Bwr
    Willaim Bwr 4 months ago

    MH 370 , are you listening Malaysia ?

  • PF Kee
    PF Kee 4 months ago

    The whole world now knows - very very very corrupt. Including his witch fatty wife!!!

  • heng cc
    heng cc 4 months ago

    Najib is dead and gone

  • Bani Bae rades
    Bani Bae rades 4 months ago


  • heng cc
    heng cc 4 months ago

    Bersih brought najib to the cemetery and buried him alive

  • kl. johnny
    kl. johnny 4 months ago

    The level of corruption under Najib's regime IS an ADD!! ON!! to the level of corruption passed down (or LEARNED FROM) previous regimes!
    What punishment is meted out to Najib n his accomplices in committing white collar crimeS (n other blue collar crimeS) WILL DETERMINE the FUTURE LEVEL (or degree/seriousness/severity) of white collar AND blue collar crimeS TO BE committed by the YOUTH leaders coming into governance!

  • Muhammad Abdullah
    Muhammad Abdullah 4 months ago

    najib is a disciple of satan

  • heng cc
    heng cc 5 months ago

    money killed najib at once

  • heng cc
    heng cc 5 months ago

    the sad end of najib

  • Mokhtar Hassan
    Mokhtar Hassan 5 months ago


  • Holy grail H
    Holy grail H 5 months ago

    Corrupted, he undeniably is. Even after losing at the general election, now facing charges for his alleged crimes, he still haunts us with his continued condescending denials and lies, at the same time, insulting the intelligence of every educated and rational thinking Malaysians whilst he tries to bluff his way with the uninformed less educated simple minded rural folks who he still tries to manipulate.

  • Andy Kris
    Andy Kris 5 months ago

    Dismantling cash is king
    Superc corrupt r regime Mahathir enjoying it.

  • bukitbatok heng
    bukitbatok heng 5 months ago

    who killed altantuya

  • bukitbatok heng
    bukitbatok heng 5 months ago

    Bersih killed najib and he died instantly

  • siti matahari
    siti matahari 5 months ago +1

    9-11-2018 orang luar dah lama cerita pasal 1MDB ni.... org malaysia je maseh tidur masa tu. tapi yg lagi pelik sampai sekarang ada org masih juga tidur. hahahahhh

  • YT Anonymity
    YT Anonymity 5 months ago


  • syed sunny syed asmani
    syed sunny syed asmani 5 months ago

    Ask him, you are very lucky person on earth that will get the answers from najib him self, good luck!.

  • M.Ramadhan Ismail
    M.Ramadhan Ismail 5 months ago

    imagine using THAT billions of dollars finding the missing Malaysian plane MH370.

  • Nathan Chackerian
    Nathan Chackerian 5 months ago

    Najib is a cool guy.

  • Mohd Helmy Ibrahim
    Mohd Helmy Ibrahim 5 months ago

    Scammer of the century..

  • Lolzhip
    Lolzhip 5 months ago


  • Daud Musa
    Daud Musa 5 months ago

    The worst and the most corrupt minister in the world..

  • Random potato
    Random potato 6 months ago

    What? Who's Najib Razak? You mean the guy that is facing over 100 charges against him? And now , he is even asking money from the public to fund his bails.

  • Popzain 30
    Popzain 30 6 months ago +1


  • razlan sun
    razlan sun 6 months ago

    Thanks to our own prime minister. Now i can leave malaysia for no reason.

  • heng cc
    heng cc 6 months ago

    Najib died in 2018

  • heng cc
    heng cc 6 months ago

    1MDB money goes to the private account of Najib

  • heng cc
    heng cc 6 months ago

    Najib quietly took all the money

  • heng cc
    heng cc 6 months ago

    Najib made the country poor

  • heng cc
    heng cc 6 months ago

    1MDB is a big scandal

  • mohamed faiz abdullah
    mohamed faiz abdullah 6 months ago

    Im in Malaysia its Kinda BORING!!!!

  • Mika The Aviationist
    Mika The Aviationist 7 months ago

    Finally Tun Dr.Matahir has become the prime minister again he is the 4rth and the 7th which is now

  • Lee Lin Jun
    Lee Lin Jun 7 months ago

    Change the title to *Former Prime Minister 😂

  • Zack R
    Zack R 7 months ago +1

    najib was so corrupted he didn't let rave parties happen in malaysia. But his son is a dj. Dj sampah

  • Irfan DanishCPT
    Irfan DanishCPT 7 months ago

    Yeah! I'm Malaysian!

  • Annie Chew
    Annie Chew 7 months ago +1

    When Najib was still here, I thought Malaysia was gonna go broke. luckily, Mahathir saved the world.

  • adam maulana
    adam maulana 7 months ago

    tv3 and harian metro all media etc always support najib everything he was mistaken...and also umno and bnn

  • tom cool
    tom cool 7 months ago

    Yes, im from Malaysia.. watching this could make me end up in jail

  • heng cc
    heng cc 7 months ago

    Najib is now on trial for corruption and making money disappear

  • heng cc
    heng cc 7 months ago

    come 2018 and najib is buried for good

  • Jackthe
    Jackthe 7 months ago

    On a scale of 10 -- off the charts .......................

  • Sandora Diana
    Sandora Diana 7 months ago

    But still some of malaysian sayang najib Hahahahahahahahaha. Sampai ada yg sanggup gadai emas demi najib.

    • Miyaten Meiritsu
      Miyaten Meiritsu 7 months ago

      Simple man can easily be bought by money-lending BR1M I suppose.

  • Fook Oh Wong
    Fook Oh Wong 8 months ago

    Corrupt beyond the brain can think.

    • Miyaten Meiritsu
      Miyaten Meiritsu 7 months ago

      When you have a gold digging wife and cronies of rich and corrupt men? Too much for a son of a trusted ex-Prime Minister to resist, I suppose.

  • internet man
    internet man 8 months ago +1


  • Soo Moi
    Soo Moi 8 months ago


  • heng cc
    heng cc 8 months ago

    good riddance to najib

  • Nor Shafiq Abu Bakar
    Nor Shafiq Abu Bakar 9 months ago

    so bad...

  • syed sunny syed asmani
    syed sunny syed asmani 9 months ago

    najib knows batter go and ask him.

  • Swee Chin Lee
    Swee Chin Lee 9 months ago

    MO1 of Malaysia in power for 9years.We didn't see any developments in the the country in his ruling. Corruption we had seeing the worst in history of Malaysia.

    • Miyaten Meiritsu
      Miyaten Meiritsu 7 months ago

      He did... by selling out a sizable portion of Malaysian land to China.

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  • Ultra85x
    Ultra85x 9 months ago

    Aaaaand he's arrested :D

  • Farhan Narodi
    Farhan Narodi 9 months ago

    Update! he was just arrested by the MACC this morning and will be prosecuted tomorrow. Democracy will prevail after all!

  • Ryan Li
    Ryan Li 9 months ago

    Najib arrested on 3rd July 2018 at 2.35pm Malaysian time!! FINALLY!!!!

  • Ariff 88
    Ariff 88 9 months ago

    he looks like that guy from ant-man

  • Take along stories
    Take along stories 9 months ago

    After more than a year..... Bye Najib

  • Rizzqy Ashman Nor Faiz
    Rizzqy Ashman Nor Faiz 9 months ago

    We hate our old prime but now its mahathir and he can make malaysia back to normal

  • cc Heng
    cc Heng 9 months ago

    1MDB was used to siphon off public funds

  • cc Heng
    cc Heng 9 months ago

    Dr M saved the country

  • Muhammad Fairouz
    Muhammad Fairouz 9 months ago

    Pharoah of Malaysia..

    • Miyaten Meiritsu
      Miyaten Meiritsu 7 months ago

      Not really. He is Malaysian Suharto, to say at best.

  • AllahuAkbar Allahswt
    AllahuAkbar Allahswt 9 months ago

    The Malay always racist and not fair.Malays always want a Malay Muslim leader, finally a Malay leader have destroy Malaysian economic and rob all the Malaysian money..

  • AllahuAkbar Allahswt
    AllahuAkbar Allahswt 9 months ago

    Najib Razak king of Robbery

  • Khairul Abdul rahman
    Khairul Abdul rahman 9 months ago

    Malaysian got rid of Najib. What about Najib cronies looting the country like JKR Protasco in billions?

  • Singapore Wanita
    Singapore Wanita 10 months ago

    Protasco bhd and najib razak scandal rm4.2 billion jkr contract. Confiscated yet?

  • Pua Chong Kang
    Pua Chong Kang 10 months ago

    Ask Najib how come RM4.2 billiom JKR contract given to Protasco Bhd’s Chong Ket Pen on 4 April 2018 a month before election while many Malaysian can do better cheaper job?

  • Jim Sire
    Jim Sire 10 months ago

    Tun mahatir it goods for malaya,, but not for borneo sarawak & sabah,,him still owe for sarawak & sabah development

  • Toriyum Lasagna
    Toriyum Lasagna 10 months ago

    Update: najib is no longer Malaysia’s prime minister
    Mahathir is.

  • L_Hex
    L_Hex 10 months ago

    New Prime minister,
    New Financial minister,
    New General Attorney,
    Removed 4 conpanies (rip 17K jobless people)
    And new *TAX RATES*

  • John Wick
    John Wick 10 months ago

    Hey Malaysians
    We in America also want to get rid of this treasonous Communist Chinese and Russian puppet in the White House called DRUMPF
    I heard he also have connection with 1MDB scandal,what a scum

  • Iman Nylea
    Iman Nylea 10 months ago


  • Momokie
    Momokie 10 months ago

    I can see a bright future without Najib

    • Miyaten Meiritsu
      Miyaten Meiritsu 7 months ago

      Not really. Malaysia is not out of the roots yet.
      PH's leadership was unproven and probably shaky. And the corruption is still there because they can't dismiss everyone.

    • John Wick
      John Wick 10 months ago

      But America we are still in nightmare under Drumpf administration

  • Sang Penyu
    Sang Penyu 10 months ago


  • Iqmal Azren
    Iqmal Azren 10 months ago

    Not anymore... hidup Tun M

  • Malaysiaball General
    Malaysiaball General 10 months ago +1

    We Malaysians got new pm. And he's Tun Mahathir

  • symun buuntw
    symun buuntw 10 months ago

    Najib will b arrest soon.

  • Bay Sean
    Bay Sean 10 months ago

    No wonder not many people voted for him in recent elections.

  • Harith Riza
    Harith Riza 10 months ago

    Please make an update video on "1MBD Scandal" as it is currently one of the biggest global corruption case ever involving international bankers, government officials and royal saudi family. New evidence are unfolding rapidly by the newly elect government in Malaysia right now..

  • wy
    wy 10 months ago

    I am a 14-year old Malaysian, and I say praise the Lord!!! Najib and his witchcraft-practicing wife ROS ah are no more.

  • Foodie Tour
    Foodie Tour 10 months ago

    *Ex-Prime Minister

  • frankie freddie
    frankie freddie 10 months ago

    i shamed enough to live in my own country

  • Hasnul Fitri
    Hasnul Fitri 10 months ago

    malaysia has change prime minister

  • Ching Chong
    Ching Chong 10 months ago

    This is false, najib is not corrupt at all pls dont spread fake news

    ACE_PANTHER 10 months ago

    We hope for a new place

  • GV BRO
    GV BRO 10 months ago

    Seriously, my friends and i were F***ing panicking and yelling when we're waiting for the results

  • Queenie Chong Official
    Queenie Chong Official 10 months ago

    We had our election already , Najib is not our prime minister anymore. YAYYYY

  • byron jeremiah
    byron jeremiah 10 months ago

    This needs updating once all the beans are spilled...

  • Monie
    Monie 10 months ago

    Najib’s gone now. Dr Tun Mahathir has taken over the government and Malaysia couldn’t have been happier :)

  • Badger Queen
    Badger Queen 10 months ago

    Now country debt costs 1 trillion