Where will 'Lao Ma' lead Malaysia?

For non-Malays, PM Mahathir's recent signals are discomfiting

The Chinese in Malaysia often refer to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as "lao ma", or old horse.

The Prime Minister's name rhymes with "ma", which means horse, and during the general election campaign last year, the then opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) found itself urging Chinese voters to ride on "lao ma" to get to Putrajaya despite its misgivings about him.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2019, with the headline 'Where will 'Lao Ma' lead Malaysia?'. Print Edition | Subscribe