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How long can a good economy trump bad politics?

Although Mr Najib has tightened his grip on the leadership amid a funds scandal, a professor predicts a "palace coup" against him if the ringgit falls to 5.00 per US dollar.

MALAYSIA'S economic strength is good. Well, not quite; it's strength- o-meter is, in fact, "very high", thanks to abundant natural resources, and an open and diversified economy.

That's how Moody's Investors Service described the crude-reliant economy just two weeks ago in a report....