Hard task ahead: Mahathir Mohamad, after voting in the election that took him back to power in a shock victory over Najib Razak. Photo: Reuters

Breaking Barisan Nasional’s 60-year grip on Malaysia was the easy part. Here’s Mahathir’s real challenge

A new prime minister’s to-do list: nail ally-turned-foe predecessor (the one you called a thief); get chummy with foe-turned-ally successor (the one you sacked for sodomy) then talk money with the superpower you’ve been dissing 

Topic |   Malaysia election

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Hard task ahead: Mahathir Mohamad, after voting in the election that took him back to power in a shock victory over Najib Razak. Photo: Reuters
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Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan Jaipragas

Bhavan is Asia Correspondent for the SCMP, covering breaking news, politics, diplomacy, trade and Southeast Asian macroeconomic trends. His work for the Post's Asia desk also focuses on the region's multifaceted interactions with the United States and China. A Singapore native, Bhavan previously worked for Agence France-Presse.