Malaysia’s Mahathir gets down to work after historic poll win
Md. Ali Raj: After his shock election win last week broke the six-decade stranglehold of a corruption-riddled regime, Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad officially got down to work yesterday. As he started his second time as a Prime Minister who was also having previously been in office for two decades and also arrived at the office of a foundation he runs in the administrative capital Putrajaya. He briefly rolled down the window of his black car to wave at waiting reporters and escorted by police vehicles and also was due to hold meetings with senior civil servants. Toppling the regime that had led Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957, Mahathir stormed to an unlikely election victory at the head of an opposition alliance against the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and its corruption-mired leader Najib Razak. After he was accused of involvement in plundering billions of dollars from sovereign wealth fund 1MDB in a sophisticated fraud that is now being investigated in several countries, Voters turned out en masse to oust Najib instantly.