After a Year in Power, Has Pakatan Harapan Learnt Enough to Save Malaysia from Itself?

By Ooi Kee Beng

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Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad with several members of the Malaysian Cabinet.
The big debate in Malaysia one year after the change in government on May 9, 2018, concerns the unfolding nature of Pakatan Harapan (PH).No one seriously doubts that it has charted a vastly different path for the country from that set by BN, which had ruled the country for over six decades.The question is whether it will be bold enough and united enough to break the country’s path dependence where governance and politicking are concerned. More to the point, the...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: