Turning Point in Malaysia

Friedrich Naumann Foundation
News16.05.2018
Friedrich Naumann Foundation

For the first time since its independence, Malaysian people have voted for the oppositional coalition 'Pakatan Harapan'. The ruling party of Prime Minister Najib Razak has lost more than 40% of its votes whereas the oppositional coalition, consisting of four parties, has increased the number of its MPs by 80%. Similar were the results for local elections where the government achieved to win only in three of 13 states. Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (95), who already ruled the country as Prime Minister between 1981 and 2003, now gets a second chance. According to political commentators, Malaysia needs urgent reforms in the fields of press freedom and corruption. It is expected that Mohamad will leave his seat after two years to Anwar Ibrahim, leader of PKR and long-lasting partner of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Anwar, who is in jail since 2015, is expected to be released soon.

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