Malaysia boleh: Mahathir’s return to power is more than a palace coup. It is a new era of hope

The catchphrase “Malaysia Boleh” or “Malaysia Can” evolved as a national slogan in the early 1990s, rallying citizens around the proud vision of a tiger economy aspiring to developed nation status. Over time, it came to be used by its very citizens in a mocking tone, deriding their Southeast Asian nation, and especially its government, for its bumbling ways.
But since the night of May 9, spirits have been soaring again as Malaysians try to grasp, still in disbelief, the…