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Nazir: We live in dark political times

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CIMB chairman Nazir Abdul Razak, the younger brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, has described Malaysia's political situation as "dark times".

In a posting on Instagram , Nazir placed a photograph of the National Monument and went on to stress that Malaysians must place the rakyat above self.

"They gave their lives so we could build a nation. In this darkest of political times, we must remember to place the country and the rakyat first.

"Not personal interests, nor personal loyalties, not even party politics," said Nazir, who heads CIMB, the second largest banking group in the country.

Nazir's description of the political scenario comes in the wake of allegations that nearly US$700 million was channelled into Najib's personal bank account.

According to a report in The Wall Street Journa l last Friday, the bulk of the funds were transferred in March 2013, with the balance transferred between December 2014 and March 2015.

Najib has accused his number one critic, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, of masterminding the allegation.

Najib told reporters yesterday that he was weighing legal options and that if he were to embezzle money, it would not be channelled into his Malaysian account.

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