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Asia Insight

Malaysia media spreads its wings as Mahathir promises free speech

As critical coverage builds, will former 'enemy' of journalists set a positive example?

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer | Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR -- Only a year ago, publishing the column would have been almost unthinkable for a mainstream Malaysian newspaper.

In the Nov. 28 edition of the New Straits Times, former lawmaker Ruhanie Ahmad lashed out at Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's six-month-old cabinet, arguing that members' lack of experience posed a "dilemma."

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