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What Anwar Ibrahim’s future premiership means for Asia and the globe

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MALAYSIA’S Prime Minister-in-waiting and former political prisoner, Anwar Ibrahim, is expected to cruise his way into victory in an upcoming by-election, taking him a step closer to realising his decades-long ambition of taking office.

Since the historic general election on May 9, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has repeatedly named Anwar as his successor — based on a power-sharing agreement made between Pakatan Harapan coalition parties before the polls — although it may take some years before the 93-year-old leader passes on the mantle.

But before that could even happen, Anwar, who received a royal pardon for his second sodomy conviction within a week the downfall of the decades-ruling Barisan Nasional government, will need to run for a parliamentary seat.

Democratic reforms

Come Oct 13, voters at Port Dickson, a landmark seaside town in the central state of Negeri Sembilan, will be hitting the polling stations where Anwar faces six other candidates.

In a bizarre dramatic twist, his former aide and sodomy accuser, Saiful Bukhari Azlan, had also announced he was running for the same seat.

And although Anwar’s re-entry into parliament brings much fanfare at home, his rise to the top post is expected to resonate across the region as well, especially with regards to the push for reforms and the promotion of democracy, experts said.

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Director of indepedent pollster Merdeka Center, Ibrahim Suffian, said Anwar is expected to carry on putting the country on the path of reform due to numerous commitments he had made in the past.

“The expectation is that........

© Asian Correspondent