Malaysian former finance minister charged in graft case

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia’s ex-finance minister, now a key opposition figure, was charged with corruption yesterday over a USD1.5 billion construction project, the latest government critic to be targeted since a scandal-plagued party returned to power.

Lim Guan Eng is the highest-profile figure yet to face a criminal probe in a sweeping crackdown on dissent launched by the new administration, and says the case against him is politically motivated.

More details on Weekend’s Borneo Bulletin