Tim Blair


New Criterion



Tuesday, March 23, 2004

Malaysia's main Islamist party, PAS, has been pushed close to political extinction at the national level. How can that be?

Malaysia has just lost Mahathir the Mad, the country's bulwark against extremism, we were told.

People I spoke to there attributed this to [new Prime Minister] Abdullah's personality more than anything else

All that teeth-gritting Australian politeness. Wasted.