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Malaysia in transition

Meet the 5 brains behind Malaysia's Mahathir-nomics

Council of elders includes Hong Kong-based tycoon Robert Kuok

Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad chose five people experienced in business or economics to support his new cabinet.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad knew whom he would recruit as advisers long before winning the May 9 election, as the 92-year-old leader approached some of his closest lieutenants -- most of whom served during his first stint as prime minister -- weeks before the vote to tap their expertise.

Mahathir formed the five-member advisory council, known as the Group of Eminent Persons, ahead of a full cabinet, indicating his trust in the team to help set the new government in the right direction.

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