Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak must court the civil service vote if he is to cling to power. But its bloated nature could be financially disastrous for the country. Photo: AFP
Phar Kim Beng
Opinion

Opinion

Asian Angle by Phar Kim Beng

Najib can’t afford to keep Malaysia’s civil servants – or to lose them

With 1.6 million on the Malaysian government’s payroll, the workers are key to electoral success. But a large service keeps the country stagnant – and prone to a financial meltdown

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak must court the civil service vote if he is to cling to power. But its bloated nature could be financially disastrous for the country. Photo: AFP
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