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Malaysia lags Indonesia due to political instability: Mahathir

Jokowi's efficient government has attracted investors, says ex-prime minister

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's longest-serving former prime minister, says Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo "is much stronger" than other recent leaders. (Photo by Hakimie Amrie)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia's longest-serving former prime minister, is now lauding Indonesia for its political stability, which he says is helping the neighboring country out-draw Malaysia for foreign investment.

Malaysia, Mahathir noted, went five days without a prime minister after a general election on Nov. 19 produced no clear winning party or coalition. The Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Anwar Ibrahim was the best-performing bloc, though it fell short of a majority. It then took days of inter-party negotiations to form a government, and Anwar ultimately won the top job.

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