Ahead of polls, Najib steps out of Mahathir's long shadow

Malaysia's national carmaker Proton was privatised to a local tycoon and China's Geely.
Malaysia's national carmaker Proton was privatised to a local tycoon and China's Geely.
Prime Minister Najib Razak's government has extended Independent Power Producers contracts at lower tariffs. Datuk Seri Najib has promised to begin abolishing road tolls whenever possible.
Prime Minister Najib Razak's government has extended Independent Power Producers contracts at lower tariffs.PHOTOS: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, MALAKOFF CORPORATION, BERNAMA
Prime Minister Najib Razak's government has extended Independent Power Producers contracts at lower tariffs. Datuk Seri Najib has promised to begin abolishing road tolls whenever possible.
Datuk Seri Najib has promised to begin abolishing road tolls whenever possible.PHOTOS: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, MALAKOFF CORPORATION, BERNAMA

Prime Minister Najib Razak is seeking to entrench his own legacy and move out of the long shadow cast by his predecessor turned opposition chief Mahathir Mohamad, who led Malaysia for 22 years.

In recent speeches ahead of an election expected by May, Datuk Seri Najib has decried policies implemented by Tun Dr Mahathir from 1981 to 2003, a period largely remembered as one of rapid economic development for Malaysia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 30, 2018, with the headline 'Ahead of polls, Najib steps out of Mahathir's long shadow'. Print Edition | Subscribe