Malaysia’s PM About to Join a New Club …

With the passage in parliament of a powerful national security bill that potentially could guarantee him dictatorial powers, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak may have set out to lift himself from his status as medium-grade satrap into a cozy club of now-departed kleptocrats and dictators like Suharto in Indonesia and Ferdinand Marcos in the Philippines. The bill was pushed through on a voice vote over opposition objections late in the evening of Dec. 3.

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