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Malaysia pays high price for political drama

Theatrical election battle between Mahathir and Najib will not resolve economic challenges

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Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad waves after unsuccessfully trying to visit jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur on Jan. 10.   © Reuters

Malaysians might have hoped for a young new challenger to contest the coming parliamentary election and take on the 64-year-old scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has held office for eight years.

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