Malaysia's Mini Mining Boom Is Yet Another Headache for Najib

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Bauxite ore dust covers the road and vegetation near the Kuantan Port in Pahang.

Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg

Bauxite mining in Malaysia went on a tear after neighboring Indonesia banned exports, transforming an industry that hardly existed until 2013 into China’s biggest supplier.

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