Thursday, 15 November, 2018

PM Modi congratulates Malaysian counterpart over phone on his victory

Citizens were already sick of racially divisive politics in the multi-ethnic country and graft scandals under years of rule by the coalition Citizens were already sick of racially divisive politics in the multi-ethnic country and graft scandals under years of rule by the coalition
Faye Gross | 15 May, 2018, 15:34

Mr Mahathir abandoned the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) - the BN coalition's main party he helped found - in 2016 and joined forces with the opposition in disgust at the 1MDB scandal.

To the Najib government's credit, despite rumors on election night and the following morning that it would take measures to defraud the voters, or prevent a change of government, the transition process was completed in an orderly and largely peaceful manner.

"We will watch the market and take necessary action whichever way the market goes", Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday, after offshore investors expressed concern that his populist promises could undermine economic prospects.

Dr Mahathir said the remaining seven ministerial posts - education, rural development, economy, public works, transport, foreign affairs as well as multimedia, science and technology - will be announced this week.

Aside from highlighting news concerning the Pakatan Harapan-led government's initiative in cleaning up the government, the Malay dailies also reported about speculation over the former Inspector-General of Police and the former Attorney General to be investigated. "It will be made up when we make up the rest of the cabinet", he said. "This will be determined by the prime minister". "Surely there will be some conflict in need and wants of each party". He won a majority in the Malaysian Parliament as it emerged victorious in 122 out of 222 seats, which was enough for him to form the government. The volatile relationship between the two, from friends to foes to allies, has dominated Malaysia's political landscape for over three decades and is central to the future of the alliance.

But tensions within the ruling alliance over cabinet picks that emerged at the weekend would weigh on sentiment, analysts said.

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The sources declined to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.

Late on Saturday, Mahathir met Anwar in his hospital room, where he is recovering from a shoulder operation. The source said Mahathir and Anwar are scheduled to meet again on Sunday.

Dr Mahathir is tasked with bringing down government debt while following through with key campaign pledges, including scrapping a 6% consumption tax within 100 days, raising fuel subsidies and boosting minimum wages.

The Prime Minister said that he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to further strengthen the India-Malaysia strategic partnership.

Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman, a Danish national in the country, became the first person to be convicted under the country's fake-news law in early May. An immediate pardon, which was agreed on last week in meetings between the king, Mr. Mahathir and Ms.

Gamuda Bhd., the nation's largest construction company, fell as much as 19 percent - the most since October 2008 - after the new government said it will review the projects by the previous administration.

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