Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan rethink on the roll-out of reforms as it tries to ease Malay anxiety

A view of the city skyline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Oct 23, 2019.
A view of the city skyline in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Oct 23, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Prolonged unhappiness among Malay Muslims with Pakatan Harapan (PH) is forcing Malaysia's fledgling ruling coalition to ringfence the interest of the majority community before proceeding with promised reforms.

Less than a year after its shock victory in the May 2018 General Election, the Mahathir Mohamad administration has already backtracked on various initiatives , including plans to ratify two international human rights conventions after protests from conservative Malays led by the two biggest Muslim parties, Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS). Other efforts such as abolishing the death penalty have also been watered down.

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