Thinking Aloud

People power rules, but still needs a leader

This and other reality checks will continue to shape Malaysia as it enters a new chapter

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When I was in Kuala Lumpur two weeks before the elections, my Malaysian friends were confident that the opposition Pakatan Harapan would prevail and form the next government.

I told them not to be so hopeful, that from what I had heard from scholars and experts, it wasn't going to happen.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline People power rules, but still needs a leader. Subscribe