Malaysian oppn join forces amid rift with govt on Zakir Naik

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Global -

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s two old­est po­lit­i­cal par­ties signed a char­ter of for­mal co­op­er­a­tion on Satur­day, pre­sent­ing ar­guably the largest po­lit­i­cal plat­form for the ma­jor­ity MalayMus­lims at a time of sim­mer­ing racial and re­li­gious ten­sions.

South­east Asia’s third­largest econ­omy has seen a string of racial flare-ups over the past year and a half, as PM Ma­hathir Mo­hamad’s nascent gov­ern­ment grap­ples with an in­creas­ingly un­happy ma­jor­ity that fears it is los­ing its spe­cial priv­i­leges. The union be­tween former rul­ing party UMNO and Is­lamist party PAS, prom­ises that po­lit­i­cal power will re­turn to the eth­nic MalayMus­lims should they win in the next polls due in 3 years. Ma­hathir’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has had to de­lay or with­draw many of its planned re­forms af­ter a back­lash from the op­po­si­tion. Ma­hathir has had to re­peat­edly state that the gov­ern­ment would not extradite In­dian Is­lamic preacher Zakir Naik, de­spite an on­go­ing probe for al­leged stok­ing of racial sen­ti­ments.

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