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Patronage is king?


Mindset change: Daim stressed that the government would strive to change the bumiputra mindset.

Mindset change: Daim stressed that the government would strive to change the bumiputra mindset.

WHEN Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad led the opposition to a stunning election victory, he had an effective rallying cry that reflected why Umno’s form of governance was problematic: “Cash is king!” If Dr Mahathir is not careful, worrying recent trends indicate a similarly disconcerting problem about Pakatan Harapan’s government: “Patronage is king!”

When Pakatan wanted to capture power, the coalition’s leaders told Malaysians to expect real change if Umno was expelled from government.

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