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Malaysia Denies Najib Resignation as Government Websites Hacked

February 18, 2013

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

The suspected hacking comes as Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak prepares to call a general election that will determine whether his National Front coalition can extend its 55-year grip on power. Photographer: Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg

Malaysia’s Information Department said hackers placed fake statements on two government websites claiming Prime Minister Najib Razak had resigned.

The statements have been removed from the department’s e- Media and e-Press websites normally used to distribute official government announcements, Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, the unit’s director-general, said by phone.

“I am going to make an official police report,” Ibrahim said. “We’re still unable to access the sites till now.”

The suspected hacking comes as Najib prepares to call a general election that will determine whether his National Front coalition can extend its 55-year grip on power. The benchmark FTSE Bursa Malaysia KLCI Index has fallen 4.2 percent after reaching a record on Jan. 7 on concern over the poll outcome.

Najib, 59, must dissolve parliament by April 28 for an election to be held within 60 days. The governing National Front won the 2008 vote by its narrowest margin since the Southeast Asian nation’s independence in 1957.

About 200 government websites were disabled in June 2011 after hackers threatened to sabotage portals to protest a clampdown on Internet file-sharing sites.

To contact the reporter on this story: Manirajan Ramasamy in Kuala Lumpur at rmanirajan@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Barry Porter in Kuala Lumpur at bporter10@bloomberg.net; Peter Hirschberg in Hong Kong at phirschberg@bloomberg.net


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