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Anwar’s comfortable majority could hit stormy weather

While Umno provides about a sixth of the two-thirds supermajority Mr Anwar now claims, its exit will still cause seismic shocks through the government. PHOTO: AFP
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia’s political lexicon is filled with euphemisms, in part due to the humorous imagery, but also to soften otherwise harsh terms.

Amid the political uncertainty since 2018, when Umno shockingly lost power for the first time in Malaysia’s six-decade history since independence, the term katak, Malay for frog, has been widely used for the dozens of politicians who have switched parties, in many cases forcing a change of government.

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