Can Malaysia’s wind of change reach Cambodia?

After 60 years, Malaysia got its first change of leadership when voters at the weekend booted out the ruling Barisan Nasional party and premier Najib Razak.

Supporters of the Pakatan Harapan party, headed by second-term Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, celebrated in the streets after the shock but convincing victory. Mahathir was once an ally of Najib, and at 92 isn’t getting any younger. But the important point is that our fellow Asean member-state has seen a peaceful transition of power, that Malaysians have determined their future through the ballot box and not the barrel of a gun. Najib himself accepted the will of the people, quelling anxiety on this point.

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