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Malaysian politics needs a reset

Absence of new ideas makes country more likely to languish under unstable governments

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A mural depicting Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in Kuala Lumpur. Despite the vast resources of incumbency, Muhyiddin has failed to bolster his paper-thin parliamentary majority.   © Reuters

Ariel Tan is deputy head of policy studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies. Joseph Chinyong Liow is Tan Kah Kee Chair Professor of Comparative and International Politics and Dean at the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Nanyang Technological University.

Malaysia is a resource-rich upper-middle-income country that boasts one of the best health care systems in Southeast Asia.

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