Najib had control of the Election Comission, Registry of Socieities, Attorney General, Inspector General of Police, and his own political party.
With this power he shamelessly gerrymandered, deregistered the opposition coalition, appointed someone to proclaim him innocent in 1MDB investigations, locked up the opposition leader, and sacked critics within his own party including the deputy prime minister and a VP.
Then there was also the EC who set voting date on possibly the most inconvenient date, new laws to bar advertising of the opposition prime minister candidate’s face, the Sultan who spoke out against the opposition and the Agong who stripped some opposition leaders of titles.
This is indeed a historic moment.
He ended up changing his name and seeking asylum in Thailand.
As to how this plays out - I am highly sceptical of Mahathir’s motives. You don’t have a sudden change of heart in your 90’s and give up a lifetime of authoritarian nepotism unless you’ve a strong motive - and what that motive is, I don’t know.
I just can’t help but think that this is a trap. BN brand is getting dirty, so transfer their animus to the opposition, resume business as usual?
"Sodomy, even if consensual, is punishable by up to 20 years' imprisonment and whipping under Section 377B of the Malaysian Penal Code."
"(defined as "carnal intercourse against the order of nature")"
It's not written in the article how much, but it seems Anwar Ibrahim spent quite a lot of time in prison, more than once.
To compare, in the UK the maximal penalty until 1967 was two year prison with the hard labor, until 1885 life imprisonment, and before 1861 death.
How this would work in practice is, of course, pretty much unknown territory for now.
That's correct, he said it again live during last night's victory speech.
Looks like his rating tanked so hard, that even foul play on a level available to him did not gained much for him.
Congratulating Malaysian people.
Today if you type in "where" on Google search Malaysia the first suggestion is "Where is Najib", the second is "Where is Najib now" and so on
By most accounts a decent prime minister. But also a virulent anti-Semite: http://www.jcpa.org/jl/vp506.htm
He’s the liberal opposition?
"Everything" is pretty strong word. Let's see if it's born out: https://www.nato.int/cps/ua/natohq/news.htm
There's a strong argument that the US diplomatic stance (especially the vetos on security council resolutions) is pro Israel because if it wasn't, the sitting party would lose a lot of votes.
However I'm not aware of any military action taken by the US, let alone NATO, at the behest of Israel.
If the U.S. democratic system was actually representative, and didn't favour a 'winner takes all' one party system, perhaps the treatment of Israel would be less of a crucial matter.
Americans as a whole (not select demographics) overwhelmingly support Israel. Here’s a recent poll
BN = Barisan Nasional = old ruling coalition
PAS = Parti Islam Se-Malaysia = take a wild guess :)
Some objectives includes true da'wah. An effort to demonstrate a kind, tolerant and true Islam. Best example you can see today is the atmosphere of the election itself. Near non-existent violent / provocation or mass street demonstration has occurred. This is arguably the most peaceful turnaround of power ever in history of democracy. And we even accepted a 92-year old as our President.
The future is theirs!