Malaysia's former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi spent much of last week in Mecca, performing prayers and day-long fasts observed during the holy month of Ramadan.
He also found time during his stay in Islam's holiest city to hunker down with advisers and political lieutenants for deep discussions - on comeback strategies for Malaysia's largest party Umno after its disastrous performance in last month's election that brought an end to its reign since 1957.
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