08 Aug '18, 3am

Commentary: ASEAN: Before Mahathir's durian season ends #jakpost

The comeback of Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister coincided with an abundant harvest of durians across Malaysia. The abnormally hot weather, combined with heavy downpours, has resulted in a prolonged and plentiful durian season. The “love it or hate it” fruit is now available not only to Malaysians, but also neighbors in Singapore. Indonesians, as well as Malaysians, describe unexpected god fortune as “mendapat durian runtuh” (to get a falling durian). The proverb applies for supporters of Mahathir and his political coalition — and now hopefully also for all Malaysians — that shockingly defeated graft-ridden then-prime minister Najib Razak in May’s general election. It’s time for Malaysians to share their “durian runtuh ” with fellow ASEAN members. We need the elder statesman Mahathir to play an active role, because he previously dealt with ASEAN for 22 years, including d...

Full article: http://www.thejakartapost.com/academia/2018/08/08/comment...

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