When a centrist's party begins moving to the right, he suddenly becomes a "reformist" and "progressive" or even "liberal", a term that has become derogatory among conservatives the world over, especially in Malaysia's once long-ruling party Umno.
That fate befell Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah, who eventually left the country's largest Malay party in 2015 to play a leading role in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition which succeeded in delivering Malaysia's first-ever change of government in May.
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