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Jakarta Post

Dr. M strikes again

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Wed, February 26 2020   /  01:28 am

Malaysia’s political landscape has provided surprises in the past few years.Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation on Monday sent shockwaves through the country’s political establishment in a seemingly calculated yet unexpected move. Furthermore, the Malaysian United Indigenous Party (PPBM) left the ruling coalition, Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope). In 2018, Pakatan deposed the powerful Barisan Nasional (National Alliance), which governed Malaysia from independence in 1957 to the 2018 general election.Now 94 and among Southeast Asia’s leading statesmen, “Dr. M”, as he is known, had previously said that he would transfer power after a few years as he did not intend to “rule forever”. His once-presumed successor and former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim remains the prime minister in waiting. The 2018 election results reflected aspirations for change among Malaysi...