Mahathir Mohamad during his last campaign rally in Langkawi Island, Malaysia, before the May 8, 2018, election. Photo: AP

#MalaysiaBaharu: one year into ‘new Malaysia’, but the same old Mahathir Mohamad?

  • Euphoria for some, dismay for others as Malaysia marks the Pakatan Harapan’s historic election victory over the Barisan Nasional
  • Critics say prime minister’s second stint in power is beginning to resemble his first – when he ruled with an iron fist – and highlight falling approval ratings
Topic |   Malaysia election – one year on

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Mahathir Mohamad during his last campaign rally in Langkawi Island, Malaysia, before the May 8, 2018, election. Photo: AP
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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad displaying Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto in 2018. Photo: AP
Hwok-Aun Lee
Opinion

Opinion

On Reflection by Hwok-Aun Lee

Pakatan Harapan’s election win was one for the ages. The next four years will determine not just its future, but Malaysia’s too

  • A year into government, the administration of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has had some successes while also struggling to meet some of its pre-election promises.
  • This is the seventh of a series of essays by well-known Malaysians to be published in the run-up to May 9, the anniversary of the country’s first change of government.

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad displaying Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto in 2018. Photo: AP
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