News analysis

Mahathir's new party hopes to be kingmaker in next election

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (in blue jacket) giving a letter of appointment on Wednesday to Mr Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi, who will be contesting the Aug 29 by-election in Perak. PHOTO: BERNAMA
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (in blue jacket) giving a letter of appointment on Wednesday to Mr Amir Khusyairi Mohamad Tanusi, who will be contesting the Aug 29 by-election in Perak. PHOTO: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR - Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad's new Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang) is hoping to be the kingmaker in the next general election as it enters a crowded political field with at least five Malay-based parties.

The aim is to capture enough of the Malay vote so that the 95-year-old, two-time premier remains a major player, and Pejuang could emerge as the kingmaker if votes are split evenly among the Malay electorate as they did in 2018.

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