Posters of Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and leader-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim at a 2018 rally in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Reuters

The Malaysian dilemma: can Mahathir and Anwar get Pakatan Harapan back on track?

  • The prime minister and the leader-in-waiting have seen much goodwill from last year’s stunning election win evaporate over succession squabbles and a lack of concrete reforms – and the opposition is gaining ground
  • Despite reassurances from the party leadership, some fear a return to the old rivalries between Mahatir and Anwar
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Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: EPA

Mahathir and Anwar: a timeline of Malaysian succession and speculation

  • It has been 18 months since Mahathir led his Pakatan Harapan coalition to election victory, but there is increasing anxiety about the country’s direction
  • Among the chief concerns is the question of when – and if – he will hand over power to Anwar Ibrahim
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Malaysia’s prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Photo: EPA
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