KUALA LUMPUR -- Toh Yen Kee was filled with optimism when Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was swept into power last May. She was so optimistic, in fact, that she quit her job as a top executive at a multinational company in Singapore, where she lived for 23 years, and returned home to work for the Malaysian government. Her new position in the finance ministry pays about 90% less, but she says it was worth it.
"When the new government won the election, I basically told myself, 'if not now, when?'" Toh told the Nikkei Asian Review.