SINGAPORE (May 21): It was perhaps poignant, and entirely coincidental, that as we covered the Malaysian opposition’s momentous sweep to victory in the previous week’s issue, it was also Ben Paul’s final stint as editor of these pages. Now, as the change of government in Kuala Lumpur takes hold, and we are picking up where we left off on the largest, and most blatant, corruption scandal Malaysia has ever seen, this newspaper is set for some changes of its own.

Events such as those in the past fortnight have been a gift to us as newsmen. In these pages, we have tracked developments with a view to analysing how they impact investors and business leaders here. In some cases, the effects have hit closer to home: The 1MDB corruption scandal that felled Najib Razak has also sent a number of Singapore-based bankers packing and forced tighter scrutiny of financial institutions here.

This week, as more information is released, we have laid out the facts behind the scandal and marshalled our resources to run with a story that is still developing. We have also examined how the new regime could set Malaysia back on the path to prosperity it was on, when everyone was full of hope, during the booming Nineties. And how Singapore, separated from Malaysia by only a strip of water, figures in all of this.

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