Malaysia's New Look

There was little surprise when Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi last week dissolved Parliament and called a general election. Nor is the outcome of the March 21 vote much of a cliffhanger: most analysts predict that Abdullah's ruling National Front coalition will comfortably retain its two-thirds majority in Parliament. But the man who succeeded long-serving former PM Mahathir Mohamad last November has shown he intends big changes after the election.

Already, the 64-year old former civil servant has launched a campaign against corruption and cronyism that, for the first time in four decades, resulted in the arrest...

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