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Malaysia's PM-designate Anwar backs review of Malay privileges

De facto coalition leader 'trusts' Mahathir to keep promise and hand over power

Malaysia's prime minister-designate Anwar Ibrahim says he supports the review of the Bumiputra policy that previous leaders had used to enrich their cronies. (Photo by Akira Kodaka)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's prime minister-designate Anwar Ibrahim on Aug. 28 outlined plans for institutional reforms including the review of affirmative action for ethnic Malays known as Bumiputra, while giving Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad leeway in running the government. 

His role, the 71-year-old former Deputy Prime Minister said, will encompass more once he is elected member of parliament.

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