There's a movie on Netflix where the main character asked a simple question: Who stands behind us, the Soviets or the US?
The Soviets will fall due to their economic system.
He was spot on.
In today's world, the key to wealth is to be able to broker deals and curate information on the basis of two of the world's most valuable commodity today.
Oil and data. By extension oil companies and banking and all other spin offs of these two industries.
I like to say that certain quarters control the system of riba-based banking, a certain group control Islamic banking and the rest control the oil world.
Of course, it ain't that simple, the US and the Saudis are allies but also adversaries on certain issues.
Malaysia has close relations with both.
The future leader of Malaysia must understand this fact intimately.