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The shackles of race are off in Malaysia - for now

Meritocratic moves generally cheered but big pushback from Malay community expected soon

Few Malaysians expected it so soon.

But strongman Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's determined push last week to appoint outspoken constitutional lawyer Tommy Thomas as the country's new Attorney-General (A-G) is shaking up a long-established power dynamic in Malaysia: Malay dominance.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on June 10, 2018, with the headline 'The shackles of race are off in Malaysia - for now'. Print Edition | Subscribe