Malaysia’s Year of Dashed Hopes

The unexpected Pakatan Harapan victory in Malaysia’s last general election inspired the hope of a new era, with some equating Pakatan’s victory as equivalent in significance to Merdeka, the day of independence from colonial rule in 1957. Pakatan campaigned on reform and the eradication of corruption, with former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s scandal-ridden Barisan Nasional government a symbol of all that was wrong with the country.

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