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Breathing space for Mahathir

Growth spurt offers Malaysian leader a window for economic reform

| Malaysia
It is time Mahathir got radical. (Photo by Keiichiro Sato)

Count Mahathir Mohamad among those unhappy with the performance of Malaysia's government.

Odd, perhaps, since he is prime minister. But considering how the 93-year-old ran Malaysia the first time around, from 1981 to 2003, recent moves suggest he is not just impatient with his cabinet. He is acting to set things right in ways that may cheer investors.

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