The Najib administration in Malaysia reportedly renewed a contract with APCO Worldwide, although the firm and the government had been criticized in the past for APCO's alleged ties to Israel.
In July 2009, the government of Malaysia hired APCO for a six-month, $420,000 contract. The firm announced two months later that it had opened an office in Kuala Lumpur. The US Department of Justice website has not been updated with the new contract.
The Malaysian Insider said the new contract is less lucrative, but both the firm and the government have the option to terminate it if necessary and new staffers at APCO led the terms and conditions.
A source told the Insider that: "There was general unhappiness on both sides over how the issue of APCO's appointment had spiralled out of control with the media coverage and both parties were dissatisfied with how the issue was handled on a public relations level."