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Circulation of NST plummeted 35 per cent in the first half of 2014 compared to the corresponding period of 2013. Utusan’s circulation fell by about 10 per cent.

Newspaper circulation 1st half 2014 - Source: Audit Bureau of Circulation, Malaysia
Newspaper circulation 1st half 2014 – Source: Audit Bureau of Circulations, Malaysia

We have seen Mahathir firing broadsides over 1MDB. Of course, he may have his own motives. After all, it is not as if there were no scandals during his administration.

Then we saw Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan lodging a police report calling for a “detailed and comprehensive” investigation into 1MDB.

Now, former NST group chief editor Kadir Jasin has written a piece which suggests that discontent about the country’s leadership is brewing in certain circles.

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Not a very edifying spectacle. The Registrar of Societies had ordered the party to hold a re-election, and there are calls for the MIC president to quit.

But I am not sure what principles the people in the scenes here are trying to uphold.

Close to a hundred civil society groups have rallied around the 25 moderate Muslims who had called for a public discourse on Islamic laws within the framework of the Constitution.

Read the full letter by the 25 moderate Muslims (one of the original 25 has withdrawn).

Read Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia’s full statement supporting the 25 moderate Muslims that was endorsed by close to 100 NGOs.

Syabas, people of Malaysia!

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Quite apart from the Pakatan and other non-BN voices sniping at the 1MDB issue, we had Mahathir firing an early salvo in his blog.

Then out of the blue, the Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief, Khairuddin Abu Hassan, reported to be a Mahathir supporter, surfaced to lodge a police report on this issue. Khairuddin insists he is acting alone.

Further pressure was heaped on 1MDB, and by extension, Najib, when Kadir Jasin revealed in his blog:

The police report (by Khairuddin) is the culmination of weeks of controversies surrounding the so-called sovereign fund.