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Mr Anwar’s extensive portfolio puts him in a good position to forge trust between the parties and different segments of society, observers said. But he needs to move fast.

Malaysia's newly-appointed Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim listens to a question after delivering his speech in Kuala Lumpur, November 24, 2022. (AFP/Vincent Thian/Pool)

SINGAPORE: Observers are optimistic that Malaysia’s new Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim can be a uniting force for the country, where turbulent politics over the past few years has spilled over to its economy.

But he has a short window to instill confidence in his government, they said.

With deep political polarisation evident from the election results, Mr Anwar’s extensive portfolio puts him in a good position to forge trust between the parties and different segments of society, analyst Saleena Saleem told CNA938’s Asia First on Friday (Nov 25). 

“If anyone can do it, I think he can. I think he will prioritise inclusive governance, he is going to want to keep open dialogue with his partners in the unity government to maintain a stable government,” said Ms Saleem, a visiting research scholar at Boston University.

“This is a politician with roots in Islamic civil society activism, who h...