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A year on, impatient Malaysia expects miracles from their leader

A "clean and dynamic Malaysia" is the promise Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has given to citizens now questioning whether they made the right choice in toppling a six-decade-old regime a year ago.

He may fairly have asked for more time to deliver on expectations of wholesale changes but patience does not put food on the table for an electorate that rated economic issues, such as cost of living and job opportunities, as top concerns prior to the May 9 polls last year in which the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) lost its grip on power for the first time since Malaysia became independent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2019, with the headline 'A year on, impatient Malaysia expects miracles from their leader'. Print Edition | Subscribe