It's Mahathir versus royals again

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is at loggerheads again with the country's royals, this time over his appointment of a non-Malay as attorney-general.

Tun Dr Mahathir had, during his first stint as premier from 1981 to 2003, pushed back royal powers twice. However, the current clash comes as Parti Keadilan Rakyat's prime minister-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim is establishing closer relations with the palaces.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 04, 2018, with the headline 'It's Mahathir versus royals again'. Print Edition | Subscribe