Why Malaysia’s 92-year-old ex-prime minister has come out of retirement to challenge his former protege

July 25, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

At 92, and after surviving two coronary bypass surgeries, most people would kick back and enjoy life. 

But Mahathir Mohamad, once a defiant political strongman known as the architect of modern Malaysia, has risen from retirement to challenge his former protégé, Najib Razak, the current Malaysian Prime Minister, who he believes is running Southeast Asia’s fourth largest economy into the ground. 

A spritely Dr Mahathir, who courted several controversies of his own during his 22-year tenure as prime minister from 1981 to 2003, told The Telegraph that he could not sit idle ahead of next week’s May 9 poll with the country he helped to modernise now immersed in huge corruption scandals.  

“I have been…

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