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Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday pledged to stay true to a decades-old positive discrimination policy for the country's majority ethnic group, ahead of national polls that could be called in the coming months. The next election, which must be called by mid-next year, would be the toughest yet for Najib as he grapples with a multi-billion dollar financial scandal, simmering discontent from rising living costs and a growing challenge from his former mentor turned foe, Mahathir Mohamad. Najib said on Wednesday that the government had already handed out 15 billion ringgit ($3.49 billion) in projects to firms owned by the majority Bumiputera or "sons of the soil", in line with the goal of uplifting the economic standing of the ethnic group. "This is a huge amount as a commitment to this project and the value that is distributed to Bumiputera companies will continue to rise in the future," Najib was quoted as saying by local newswire Bernama. The government also began releasing the third and final payout under the annual 1Malaysia People's Aid or BR1M programme this week. A total of 6.8 billion ringgit was allocated under the 2017 budget for BR1M, targeted at 7 million recipients. Najib lost the popular vote in the 2013 polls, and is expected to roll out a people-friendly budget this October targetted at the rural Malay electorate. The prime minister, however, faces the threat of losing support from his core base if Mahathir successfully convinces the rural electorate that their plight in dealing with a rising cost of living has much to do with the scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). 1MDB is the subject of money-laundering investigations in at least six countries. The US Justice Department alleged in civil lawsuits that about $4.5 billion of funds were misappropriated from the fund. Najib denies wrongdoing. The US Justice Department said in its latest court filing on Thursday it was conducting a criminal investigation of 1MDB and asked for a stay on civil lawsuits it had filed to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from the fund. Najib denied taking money from 1MDB after it was reported that investigators traced nearly $700 million to his bank accounts. Authorities cleared him of any wrongdoing, saying the money was a donation from Saudi Arabia.
[caption id="attachment_374150" align="alignnone" width="1836"] Source: Reuters[/caption] Madrid- Real Madrid won the Spanish Super Cup for the 10th time with a 2-0 win over rivals Barcelona at a joyous Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday, to complete a 5-1 aggregate victory that underlined their new status as Spain's dominant force. Marco Asensio followed up his brilliant late goal in Sunday's first leg with a stunning effort from 30 metres in the fourth minute that proved a punishing blow for the Catalans. Karim Benzema struck before halftime to seal the victory and Barcelona left the Spanish capital with home supporters' chants of 'champions' ringing in their ears. Real, last season's Spanish and European champions, dominated throughout, toying with Ernesto Valverde's side and showing no sign they were missing suspended forward Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale who were on the bench. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both hit the woodwork but it was a bleak display for Barcelona, leaving Valverde with plenty of holes to patch before the start of the league this weekend. "We're not in our best moment, not on the level of the team or the level of the club. It's the first time we've felt Madrid are superior," Barcelona defender Gerard Pique told reporters. Real, meanwhile, have started where they left off last season, by adding more silverware to their bursting trophy cabinet. They clinched the European Super Cup last week with a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in Macedonia, adding to an already remarkable haul for coach Zinedine Zidane since he took over in Jan. 2016. ASENSIO IMPACT With Ronaldo banned for shoving the referee in the first leg, Asensio was given a starting spot and made an instant impact. The 21-year-old curled a brilliant strike into the top left corner from distance that left keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen bewildered. "The first was beautiful, but this one was, too. The other was harder because of the path (it took)," Asensio told reporters. "I'm going to work to have the maximum minutes possible out there. I'm very happy on a personal level and for the collective, too." The second goal had been coming, with Lucas Vazquez striking the post minutes earlier, and it eventually arrived when Marcelo sent in a low cross which Benzema finished with aplomb in the 38th minute. After that Madrid controlled the game, stroking the ball around their opponents and conserving energy for the challenges ahead. "We have started the season well, there's a long way to go," said Zidane. "It will be very difficult but we are happy. The first half was spectacular."
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