The parallel between politics in Malaysia and SA is uncanny, and as we watch the political manoeuvres in Kuala Lumpur one cannot help but wonder if this is an indication of SA’s fate.

After six decades in power, the governing United Malays National Organisation (Umno) party was removed by the electorate in 2018. In August came the resignation of Malaysia’s shortest-serving prime minister and his replacement by its 13th, Umno’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob — the first to have been born after independence from the British in 1957.

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