State of Malaysia's political parties

Less hope in New Malaysia, but PH has time to fix things

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad flanked by fellow Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders (from left) Mohamad Sabu, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Mr Lim Kit Siang on May 10 last year, after PH claimed victory in Malaysia's 14th general election. Though support has dropp
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad flanked by fellow Pakatan Harapan (PH) leaders (from left) Mohamad Sabu, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Mr Lim Kit Siang on May 10 last year, after PH claimed victory in Malaysia's 14th general election. Though support has dropped, two-thirds of Malaysians believe PH needs more time to prove itself.ST FILE PHOTO

A year on, Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan is grappling with the tasks of consolidating its power and appeasing a diverse electorate. While the fledgling government led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad has four more years to instil reforms, it needs to address concerns about the economy and ethnic privileges.

Ecstasy has turned into agony a year on after Malaysia's first-ever change of government, with disappointment across the board at how things have panned out.

Voter regret is palpable, compounding Pakatan Harapan's (PH) weak support from the Malay Muslim majority. Even reform-minded urbanites - who formed the backbone of the fledgling government's victory - are losing hope in New Malaysia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline 'Less hope in New Malaysia, but PH has time to fix things'. Print Edition | Subscribe