Najib Razak’s speech at Beijing-backed World Chinese Economic Forum sparks criticism in Malaysia
- An ex-diplomat called the presence of Najib, convicted over his role in the plunder of the 1MDB state fund, at the event a ‘calculated insult to our nation’s honour’
- The 68-year-old’s backers said the invite was sent out before the conviction was upheld and analysts said the organisers may have tried to use the forum to ‘resurrect his political image’
Corrected [11:00am, 31 Dec, 2021]
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This article has been updated to reflect that another official from China's embassy in Malaysia, and not the Ambassador, delivered remarks at the event. Lee Kim Yew's comments made on Facebook have also been included.