Anwar suffers blow to reformist credentials in his bid to be Malaysia's PM

Not only does opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s latest bid to become Malaysia’s next prime minister look dead in the water, but his reformist credentials have also been dented in the process, say political pundits.

Datuk Seri Anwar claimed last month to have secured a strong majority to form a new government – the third time he has made such a claim over the past dozen years. But his much-anticipated audience with the King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, two weeks ago to prove his claim did not immediately yield the expected results.

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