This Bruneian Newspaper 'Cropped' Najib Out Of The Official APEC Meet Photo

We wonder why? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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It appears there's more to the recently concluded Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders' Meeting in Lima, Peru than the usual brouhaha that surrounds such political gatherings of world leaders

First, there was this claim that outgoing US President Obama "attacked" PM Najib in his speech, according to many Malaysians on the Internet including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who believe Obama made a subtle yet a very clear remark about 1MDB.

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You can read the full story on SAYS here.

Now there's chatter on the social media about how our Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, was "cropped" out from the photo of the APEC meet that was featured on the third page of Borneo Bulletin, a daily English-language newspaper of Brunei

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Here's a screenshot from the Borneo Bulletin's site itself:

Image via Borneo Bulletin

The above photo published 22 November in Borneo Bulletin's 3rd page clearly shows Najib being "cropped" out of the frame, despite enough space on the opposite side

Deliberate or otherwise, what makes this surprising is that while the newspaper published the photo in its entirety, it was PM Najib alone who was cropped out of the frame. For comparison's sake, here's the photo of the 21 leaders in full:

It's hard to say why the newspaper didn't simply crop the extra space on the side of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who is standing beside Sultan of Brunei

Why do you think the newspaper decided to crop Najib out of the frame? Does it have anything to do with Obama's speech? Comment below to let us know your thoughts.

Recently, a year-old article by Danny Quah, the former Professor of Economics and International Development at the LSE went viral again. The article is a scathing attack on Najib's leadership and the failure of his dream project: