State of Malaysia's political parties

Political patronage continues under Pakatan Harapan

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe