Malaysian Politics: A Turbulent Shift in Power

May 13, 2018

A new era for Malaysia after voters end six-decade reign of ruling party

After sixty years of as the ruling party in Malaysia, Barisan Nasional (BN) was defeated at the 14th General Elections (GE14) on May 9, 2018.

The BN-led government was headed by Najib Razak who was linked to several corruption scandals. Razak also became more unpopular as he tried to suppress the demand for accountability and transparency with regard to these corruption allegations.

Malaysia will now be led by 92-year-old Dr. Mahathir Mohamad who served as prime minister for 22 years until his retirement in 2003. He became active again in politics to lead the Pakatan Harapan (PH) opposition party in challenging Razak and the ruling coalition he once led.

The final tally of the GE14 reflected the dissatisfaction of most Malaysians to the performance of Razak’s government.

Najib Razak hit with travel ban, quits UMNO

alaysia’s new leader says his predecessor, the former Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, have been barred from leaving the country.

Mahathir Mohamad says it is to stop them fleeing from possible prosecution over a corruption scandal, days after a shocking electoral defeat that ended the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition’s 60-year grip on power.

After sixty years of preserving the status quo, Malaysia’s having a week of high stakes political drama. The new prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has blocked his predecessor from leaving the country over extradition fears. Najib Razak’s implicated in a multi-billion dollar corruption scandal.. but he says he was just planning to go on a holiday. Arabella Munro reports for TRT World.

 

 

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