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Foreign policy concerns swayed Malaysia’s voters

Malaysia’s recent election on 9 May 2018 saw a dramatic result — the incumbent Barisan Nasional ruling coalition that had ruled Malaysia for 61 years crumbled, and Pakatan Harapan, a coalition of opposition parties, emerged victorious.

  • Adam Leong Kok Wey

One of the numerous reasons why the ruling party lost in the elections is that Malaysia’s foreign policy was perceived by a large segment of its people to be too cosy to China.

Pero 5eMalaysia’s foreign policy decision-making has long been the purview of the elite leadership with most final decisions being made by the…

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