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Young blood move behind Dr M's quest to topple Najib

Zikri Kamarulzaman  |  Published:  |  Modified:

If you haven't noticed it already, Dr Mahathir Mohamad is not your average 92-year-old grandfather.

While he may be under the weather now, the nonagenarian has mostly maintained a sharp wit and rigorous schedule as he steers his new party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu), on a quest to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak

But while the man charting the ship's course may be elderly, the force manning the oars and propelling the party forward is largely made up of young blood.

According to Bersatu leaders, as of June this year, 55 percent of the party's 200,000 members were below the age of 35.

Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief executive officer Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who is doing a research paper on Bersatu, said it is unlikely that any other political force in Malaysia can boast such strong youth membership...

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