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Malaysian Opposition Makes Its Play in Washington

Obama may have to choose: an alliance with the prime minister or an alliance with the nation.
Najib and Obama, off the golf course.

Najib and Obama, off the golf course.

Photographer: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images
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Malaysia's prime minister is in the United States this week, but the opposition got here first -- with a warning that Washington should step away from the current administration and its scandals, before it’s too late.

Nurul Izzah Anwar, the daughter of imprisoned opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, came to Washington last week with a simple message for officials and lawmakers: that the U.S. should diversify its political allegiances in Malaysia, because Najib Razak might not be prime minister much longer.