KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) _ Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday renewed his scathing attacks against U.S. financier George Soros, whom he has previously blamed for the collapse of Malaysia's currency in 1997.

``Soros is finished,'' Mahathir was quoted as saying by the national Bernama news agency. ``He is a discredited player in the currency market.''

Speaking to a group of Malaysian journalists in London, Mahathir described the American financier as ``a nonentity whom no one listens to anymore.''

Mahathir villainized Soros in 1997, calling him a ``moron'' and blaming his ``Jewish agenda'' for Malaysia's turmoil in its financial markets. Mahathir later denied he had made anti-Semitic remarks.

Malaysia's ruler accused hedge-fund operators, including Soros, of attacking Asian financial markets.

Soros later called for Mahathir's resignation, arguing that the Malaysian leader's economic policies were aimed at benefiting himself and his cronies.

Mahathir claims that Malaysia's decision to reject policy prescriptions from the International Monetary Fund, which organized bailouts for many countries in the region during 1997's Asian financial crisis, was instrumental in rejuvenating its economy.