SINGAPORE (Sept 2): All eyes are once again on former Malaysian prime minister Najib Abdul Razak as he appears for the first hearing of the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial — his second corruption case, in which he faces four charges of abuse of power and 21 of money-laundering involving a staggering total of RM2.28 billion.

Believed to be the biggest and most wide-ranging kleptocracy in recent years, the scandal drew widespread international attention and eventually led to the ouster of Najib, and the Barisan Nasional administration, after the watershed general election in May 2018.

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