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(From New Straits Times (Malaysia))
EACH time Malaysia embraces a new Prime Minister, it has never failed to show heart and a renewed faith in itself. A burst of national fellow- feeling lifts the election numbers to dizzying heights.
Shortly after the Federation came into being, the electorate in 1964 gave Tengku Abdul Rahman Putra 89 of 104 seats in Parliament. In 1974, the country bestowed nearly nine of every 10 seats at stake to Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. Tun Hussein Onn won only five seats fewer from the same total of 154 in 1978. Four years later, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad earned 132 seats or 86 per cent of the Dewan Rakyat for his mandate to govern on …