Malaysia Finance Minister Says He Was Unaware Najib Picked as State Adviser

Malaysia’s Finance Minister Zafrul Abdul Aziz said he isn’t aware that Najib Razak has been appointed as an adviser to the government, after a report said the former prime minister was offered a role to consult on the economy.

(Bloomberg) – “I’m not aware that he’s an adviser,” Zafrul said in an interview with Bloomberg Television’s Haidi Lun and Shery Ahn. “At the Ministry of Finance, we are focusing on the revival of the economy and creating employment and driving growth for next year. So the focus is to ensure that we continue with the reopening of the economy safely.”

Najib, who’s appealing a conviction for his role in the 1MDB scandal, was offered a role with ministerial status as Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob sought to use Najib’s influence within their ruling United Malays National Organisation party to bolster his slim majority in parliament, The Straits Times had reported in September.

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