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Comeback Kid: Mahathir, 92, Has Big Plans to Fix Up Malaysia

  • 100 days agenda: law and order, tax reform, race relations
  • World’s oldest leader has promised to be transition premier
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KRA Group founder and CEO Karim Raslan weighs in on Mahathir Mohamad’s victory in Malaysia’s election.(Source: Bloomberg)

He ran Malaysia with an iron fist for more than two decades, played political king maker after leaving power, then came storming out of retirement at the age of 92 to dethrone Prime Minister Najib Razak in a stunning political upset.

Such is the stuff of Mahathir Mohamad, the country’s longest-serving prime minister, a doctor, and force behind Malaysia’s transformation into a leading Southeast Asian economy. He now faces the daunting challenge of governing a disparate group of opposition parties that scored a surprise election win over Najib’s ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, ending a six-decade run in power.