Malaysia Sentences a Bright Opposition Star

In a stunning example of the Malaysian government’s ability to turn justice on its head, one of the opposition’s brightest political stars is being threatened with prison for exposing one of the government’s most embarrassing scandals. Rafizi Ramli, the 41-year-old vice president of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, headed by the also-jailed Anwar Ibrahim, was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for violating the Banking and Financial Institutions Act for exposing details relating to what became known as Cowgate, in which a top United Malays National Organization official and her family were accused in 2012 of misusing RM250 million (US$63.5 million at current exchange rates) from a project to supply religiously-approved, or halal beef for Malaysia’s Muslims.

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