Malaysia's Ministerless Finance Ministry

Daim Zainuddin's abrupt split from Mahathir's government could result in the Prime Minister tightening his grip on economic policy

In mid-April, Daim Zainuddin resigned as Malaysia's Finance Minister. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad refused to accept his resignation, but Daim still walked. Now it's official, and Daim's refusal to return to his office at the spanking new National Economic Action Council (NEAC) building in Putrajaya, just outside Kuala Lumpur, is forming the backdrop for a new chapter in the turbulent annals of the Mahathir regime.

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