State of Malaysia's political parties

Political patronage continues under Pakatan Harapan

Pakatan Harapan supporters outside Istana Negara on 10 May 2018, when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was being sworn in as Prime Minister. PHOTO: ST FILE
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In the end, is the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government just like its connections-prizing predecessor Barisan Nasional (BN)?

So goes coffee-shop talk in Malaysia these days. The euphoria about the dramatic election results has turned into disillusionment, with Malaysians realising that political patronage still continues, even in the new administration.

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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 Political patronage continues under Pakatan Harapan. Subscribe