Pakatan Harapan

Rough road to national reform in Malaysia

SINGAPORE (Sept 2): Who would have thought that as Malaysia celebrates its second Merdeka Day since voting in a new government, the question on everyone’s lips would be whether the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition will survive the next general election?

Behind that question lies a raft of issues that have preoccupied the people, the leaders, the business community and an array of pundits and public interest groups since the heady days of the formation of the Mahathir administration.


Mahathir's plans for Malaysia extends beyond its first century

(July 8): One year after a historic regime change, Malaysia’s politics remain a combustible cocktail of sleaze and power lust. At least the economy is on the right track, even if it’s nowhere close to fulfilling its potential.

Over the coming years, Malaysia plans governance improvements at state institutions, a qualitative boost to education and a more direct assault on low incomes and inequality. These three crucial efforts will take time to bear fruit, assuming they can survive the country’s murky politics.

What's next for Malaysia?

One year on from a stunning election victory, the Pakatan Harapan government faces hostile global economic conditions, a resurgent Malay-dominated opposition and disenchanted supporters.


Pakatan Harapan's hope for Malaysia

SINGAPORE (May 3): In a TV interview on April 11, UBS economist Kelvin Tay blamed “political paralysis” in Malaysia for landing the country in an economic bind that includes a “current account deficit” of higher than 3.4%.

Tay also said that abolishing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) — which was to have brought in RM36 billion ($11.8 billion) in revenue for the government in 2019 — was “just a bad move, because it means the country is going to be very, very reliant on oil”.

Many issues remain, but leaders' retreat has paved the way for further talks

SINGAPORE (Apr 15): Meeting for the third time since the new Pakatan Harapan government won the elections in Malaysia a year ago, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his counterpart Dr Mahathir Mohamad put on a show of amiability before the press, appearing not only to be open to arbitration but also to reconciliation.


'It is a much more difficult task (than in 1981)': Dr M

(May 28): How come there are so many of you from The Edge here?” Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asks as he sits down. There are seven of us, including two videographers and one photographer.

One of us replies: “We thought we needed safety in numbers.”

“Oh I see ... because I eat people,” he is quick to retort.

It has been just over two weeks since Mahathir’s spectacular return as prime minister at the age of 92 and it has been a frenetic time. Everyone, from journalists to government servants and even his own staff, is struggling to keep pace with him.

Malaysia investors shift to Mahathir's camp from Najib-linked losers

(May 14): Investors sorted Malaysia’s political haves from the have-nots on the first trading day after a shock election result, dumping shares in firms associated with supporters of ousted prime minister Najib Razak and projects backed by his government.

Veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad came out of retirement to lead the opposition Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) to a stunning victory over a ruling party he had once led, defeating Najib, a former protege he had accused of corruption.

Mahathir makes history as he becomes PM of Malaysia for the second time at 92

(May 11): Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad created history today when he took the oath of office as the Prime Minister of Malaysia for the second time, and at the age of 92.

The Pakatan Harapan chairman, attired in a black and gold embroidered 'baju Melayu’, was sworn in as the seventh Prime Minister before the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V, at Istana Negara here.

The swearing-in took place in the wake of Pakatan Harapan’s victory in the 14th general election yesterday.

Stunning victory for Mahathir's party in Malaysian election

(May 10): Mahathir Mohamad won a stunning victory in Malaysia’s election, ending the six-decade rule of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s party in a landmark shift for the Southeast Asian nation.

Mahathir, Malaysia’s longest-serving premier who defected to the opposition to take on Najib, will return to power at the age of 92. His four-party Pakatan Harapan alliance won at least 112 of 222 parliamentary seats in Wednesday’s vote, official figures from the election commission showed.

“We are not seeking revenge,” Mahathir said. “What we want to do is to restore the rule of law.”

Malaysia's election may not be a done deal after all

(May 7): In financial centres around the world, it looks like Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will easily win re-election this week.

“I expect this to be a non-event with Najib coming away with a resounding victory,” said Edwin Gutierrez, the London-based head of emerging-market sovereign debt at Aberdeen Standard Investments, which oversees 575.7 billion pounds ($1.04 trillion) globally. “That is pretty much the overwhelming consensus from the market.”

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