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Supporters of Malaysia’s opposition coalition party hold party flags in northern Malaysia on the eve of the country’s recent election. Corruption-plagued Najib Razak was voted out while Mahathir Mohamad won. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

How Malaysians defied the odds and ousted corruption!

Analysis of Malaysia's 14th general election by Dr. Netina Tan and Cassandra Preece.

May 17, 2018

Political Science Professor, Netina Tan, and Master's in Political Science student, Cassandra Preece, analyze how the Malaysia’s 14th general election brought a shocking end to Barisan Nasional’s (BN) 60 years of coalition rule. The stunning election saw the return of strongman Mahatir, 92, who joined the opposition coalition to unseat his former protégé, Najib Razak — who has been embroiled in a massive state investment fund corruption scandal. Mahatir's tenure is likely to be short as he promised to free from prison and hand power to his former arch-rival, Anwar Ibrahim, after winning office. Anwar, who was jailed on sodomy charges, received a full pardon from Malaysia’s king and will be eligible to re-enter Parliament after winning a by-election. He was freed from prison on Wednesday. 

The full article, How Malaysians defied the odds and ousted corruption, can be read on The Conversation's website.