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Mahathir needs help

Malaysia's allies must overcome old concerns about prickly premier and support reform

| Malaysia
It is not the time for Malaysia's well-wishers to sit out but to tap the new premier's reform moves.   © Reuters

The Malaysian public is going wild about the return of Mahathir Mohamad to the prime ministership, some even going to the extent of emulating him in putting Berocca vitamins on their breakfast table or wearing Bata sandals to the mosque.

But it is probably fair to say not many of Malaysia's traditional allies in the region and beyond have joined the "Tun-phoria" (the word derived from the honorific before his name, conferred by Malaysia's king) after the May 9 elections brought him back at the age of 92.

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