Malaysia’s Mahathir says ‘democracy is dead’ under PM Najib’s rule

By Reuters 

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s former leader Mahathir Mohamad launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Najib Razak on Monday, saying democracy in the country is dead and that he should be questioned by police about the country’s troubled state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Najib has been under growing pressure over accusations of financial mismanagement at the fund, known as 1MDB, and his leadership of Malaysia’s faltering economy.

Last month he sacked his deputy, Muhyiddin Yassin, replaced the country’s attorney general and transferred officers involved in an investigation into 1MDB.

He has also suspended two of the country’s newspapers and blocked access to a website, Sarawak Report, that has been reporting on the graft scandal.

“Democracy is dead. It is dead because an elected leader chooses to subvert the institutions of government and make them his instruments for sustaining himself,” Mahathir said, writing on his personal blog.

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Pakistan to host 48th International Chemistry Olympiad next year

KARACHI: Pakistan will be hosting the 48th International Chemistry Olympiad (IChO) in Karachi next year at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), University of Karachi (KU).

“For the first time in the history of IChO since 1968, Pakistan will be hosting this mega event,” announced Prof Dr Attaur Rahman, IChO 2016 president and former Higher Education Commission (HEC) chairperson.

He was addressing a press conference held at Hussain Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry on Monday.

“Around 400 young chemists and 150 experts from more than 75 countries are expected to participate in this global chemistry competition,” Rahman revealed. The event will be held from July 20 till July 29 next year, he said. “This event will help us portray a positive image of Pakistan in the world and provide a platform to the local populace to showcase their talents.

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