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Malaysia election

Anwar faces fight to pull Malaysia out of middle-income trap

New government wrestles with old problem of brain drain fueled by Malay preference policy

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim meets supporters during his first public appearance in Putrajaya on Nov. 25.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- After a turbulent election that produced a unity government, new Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim faces the challenge of leading the country toward its decades-old goal to join the ranks of advanced economies.

Anwar and his Pakatan Harapan coalition, or Alliance of Hope, see entrepreneurship as a remedy for Malaysia's years of lackluster growth.

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