Malaysia’s ruling coalition: one-term government may be possible

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has disclosed on Monday that his ruling coalition could be a one-term government if it does not make changes and stop infighting.

Mahathir led the Pakatan Harapan coalition, or Alliance of Hope, to a spectacular victory in a general election in May 2018, joining hands with former foes to end the 61-year rule of the Barisan Nasional coalition.

But Mahathir’s coalition has lost five by-elections since then, including one over the weekend, and polls have shown waning popularity among the public.

“We have lost five by-elections but they still don’t understand,” Mahathir told reporters at a meeting in Langkawi, a resort island off the western coast of Malaysia.

 

Zainab Sa’id