Najib Razak: finance minister/PM faces poll pressure

We continue our ranking of the region's finance ministers with Malaysia's Najib Razak. The taint of scandal claims, high public debt and slowing export growth all weigh against him.

In our criteria for FinanceAsia's Finance Minister of the Year study, we made clear that we would penalise finance ministers when they, through their actions or speeches, detracted from the credibility and prestige of the institutions they represent.

The next entry on our list provides a prime example.

RANKED 11TH NAJIB RAZAK, MALAYSIA

Attention is shifting towards Malaysia’s general election due in mid-2018 and the opposition party has picked former premier Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s longest-serving leader, as its prime ministerial candidate. So the pressure is on Najib Razak, the scandal-hit incumbent, who also happens to head the country’s finance...

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