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Salesman on Nuclear Circuit Casts Blurry Corporate Shadow

It has lately begun to seem as if B. S. A. Tahir, a prominent businessman here, had two faces. Acquaintances describe Mr. Tahir, who is in his middle 40’s, as a soft-spoken husband and father who lives in an upper-middle-class suburb of Kuala Lumpur and has a passion for fast cars and flashy clothes. He has a financial interest in a fine-chocolates franchise in a shopping mall in fashionable Bangsur that was opened a couple of years ago by the wife of a top politician. Nearby is a gourmet date shop that he also partly owns. In addition, Mr. Tahir has been director of an investment holding company called Kaspadu, until recently owned by his wife in partnership with the son of the country’s current prime minister and another prominent businessman. But investigators are trying to determine whether Mr. Tahir’s legitimate businesses here have been a cover for nuclear black-market activities, a senior Malaysian official said. Full Story

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