With now Anwar Ibrahim is taking the office of Prime Minister of Malaysia after long decades journey, there are many homeworks waiting ahead of him. Malaysia’s political situation has been unstable since the resignation of former PM Mahathir Mohamad in February 2020.
Malaysia’s 15th General Election held on May 19, saw an unprecedented result with no single political coalition winning a majority vote to form the government. After five days of deadlock, the King finally swore in Anwar Ibrahim, leader of the Pakatan Harapan (the Alliance of Hope – PH) coalition as the 10th prime minister of Malaysia.
After appointed as PM without winning a majority vote, Anwar Ibrahim first challenge is to create a unity government with other parties to provide PH coalition with stronger power and more stable government. Second, Anwar has to make a bold move to actually show that he wants to bring a reform from previous government and assure the people with his cabinet decision.
Anwar also face polarization after years of intense of politicization, national reconciliation with other coalitions might be needed to bring Malaysia more unite as a nation. Last but not least, Anwar has to prove his promise that make him win the election, to drive corruption out of politics.