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Opinion

Malaysia's chilling warning for Asia's one-party regimes

Democracy suddenly re-emerges in a bastion of authoritarian rule

| Malaysia
Malaysia's election is a lesson that creeping corruption under entrenched regimes will alienate the electorate regardless of economic performance. (Photo by Takaki Kashiwabara)

Malaysian politics has come full circle with Mahathir Mohamad's return to power.

Over decades, he cultivated and presided over the same shoddy political system that he has just taken over in this month's hard-fought parliamentary election.

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