Malaysia, land of the young, led by Atoks and Abahs

It's time to close the age gap between veteran political leaders and Malaysia's young voters

The United States has finally caught up with Malaysia. Americans have just elected, court challenges notwithstanding, their oldest head of government, defeating a scandal-hit billionaire.

However, having marked his 78th birthday just yesterday, President-elect Joe Biden is a relative spring chicken compared with the 95-year-old Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 21, 2020, with the headline 'Malaysia, land of the young, led by Atoks and Abahs'. Print Edition | Subscribe