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Mahathir eyes new coalition to fight corruption in Malaysia

97-year-old former PM says Anwar's unity government 'not strong'

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad poses for a portrait after an interview in Tokyo on March 14. (Photo by Yuki Kohara) 

TOKYO -- Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad hopes to create a coalition to fight corruption in the Southeast Asian country, which was rocked last week by the arrest of the man who succeeded him in 2020.

In an interview with Nikkei Asia in Tokyo, Mahathir confirmed that he recently joined Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia, a small party better known as Putra, as he looks to throw his weight behind the next generation after losing his parliamentary seat in last November's election.

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