The de facto leader of the People’s Justice Party (Malaysian political party) and the Leader of Pakatan Harapan coalition that formed the new Government of Malaysia on the 10th of May 2018, Anwar Ibrahim has been released from prison and given full pardon by His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra ibni Sultan Ismail Petra also known as Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan.

Anwar Ibrahim walked a free man yesterday, 16th May 2018. He is now able to take part in Malaysian Politics effectively, as he was given a full pardon without any terms imposed on him.

The New Malaysia

Malaysia saw a change in Government for the first time since 1957, after 61 years. The then ruling Government Barisan Nasional (BN) had lost the recent general election that took place on the 9th of May 2018. Malaysian witnessed this historic change of Government after 61 long years. The Pakatan Harapan coalition welcomed Mahathir Mohammed, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia since 1981 - 2003 come back to take the number one spot again. Mahathir Mohammed was named as the 7th Prime Minister of Malaysia on the 10th of May 2018. The decision was reached after all 4 parties in Pakatan Harapan thoroughly discussed and came to a consensus.

The Shifting of Gears

After taking power, the new Government has made some positive changes— as promised in their ‘10 promises in 100 days’ election manifesto. The new Government led by Mahathir Mohammed as the Prime Minister and Wan Aziah Ismail as the Deputy Prime Minister has announced that they will form the first 10 cabinet first— keeping it to a minimum.

The new Government has even announced that the 6% Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be zero-rated 0% on 1st June 2018. The 6% Goods and Services Tax has been a heavy burden on the people of Malaysia and has seen an increase in the prices of everyday expenditure; including food.

As for the scandal-riddled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the official investigations are on the pursuit. The ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak is being investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001 (AMLA).

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