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Malaysian democracy put to test

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Although it may be nothing to cheer about, as an advocate of democracy and capitalism I am for a change enjoying the drama that is shaping up in Malaysia, though I hope it does not end in the kind of showdown we have witnessed here in Thailand. 

The election on May 5 in our neighbour to the south was the most hotly contested since independence from Britain more than half a century ago. The outcome was watched by people across the globe, and although it was taken for granted that the Barisan Nasional (United Front) would make it back to form the government, the outcome came as a relatively pleasant surprise.

Led by a man who might now be seen as a lame-duck prime minister, Najib Razak, the BN barely made it to the finish line and actually lost the popular vote, despite a host of populist policies on which it spent money like there was no tomorrow.

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