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Romen Bose: Shattered Hopes


The Promise, Reality and Collapse of New Malaysia’s Pakatan Harapan 1.0 Government

Author: Romen Bose
Published: June 2024
ISBN: 9789815127911
Format: Length: 208 Pages, Paperback

Country: Singapore

‘Required reading for anyone interested in Malaysia and its future.’
Mike Chinoy, Former CNN Senior Asia Correspondent

‘A fast-paced political thriller! By far, the most detailed account of the backstage manoeuvring, clashes and back stabbing that marked Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s second attempt to shape the future of our country.’
– Joceline Tan, Political Columnist, The Star

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Drawing on interviews with first-hand sources in and outside the administration, official minutes and still classified documents, Shattered Hopes focuses on PH1.0’s rocky 22-months in power to tell the story of how a fledgling Government filled with so much promise and hope, was racked by internal power struggles and politicking even in its very first weeks in power, amid policy paralysis, racial politicking and the ultimate unwillingness of veteran Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to hand over power to his twice-anointed successor, Anwar Ibrahim.

In doing so, Shattered Hopes presents readers with a vivid blow by blow account of how broken promises, political patronage and trade-offs, economic dysfunction and racial polarization eventually became the defining characteristics of the promised New Malaysia.


About the Author: Romen Bose

An international correspondent with over 22 years of reporting experience in the region, Romen Bose worked as a Political Communications Consultant for former Malaysian Premier Najib Razak for six years and was a close confidante to decision-makers in the upper echelon of the country’s political elite. Before setting up his own consultancy, Romen was head of Asian social media at IHS Markit and worked as a senior foreign correspondent with French news agency AFP based in Kuala Lumpur. He was the founding president of the Foreign Correspondents Club of Malaysia and a senior producer with the English service of Al Jazeera International when it opened its regional base in Malaysia. Prior to this, Romen was the Indochina Bureau Chief for Channel News Asia and has also consulted for the United Nations. Romen has also researched and written extensively on the second-world war and its impact on Southeast Asia.


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