Lessons learned from a year at Malaysia’s levers of power

As we near the first anniversary of Pakatan Harapan’s historic electoral victory on May 9, many will write about the achievements and failures of the new Malaysian federal government. I want to reflect instead on three lessons I learned in the past year, especially from this vantage point of being in federal government for the first time.First, people do not vote out of material interests alone. Many politicians tend to think that economic interest drives voters, and they thus promise…