Prime Minister Badawi's policies in 2006 were accompanied by an uninvited yet hardly ignorable critique, voiced by none other than his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad. Apart from this controversy, the provisions of the Ninth Malaysia Plan, inter-ethnic relations, and price hikes for fuel occupied minds and media.
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Errata: In the September/October 2016 issue (volume 56 number 5, pages 836 and 849), there was a technical printing error in Figures 1b and 2 of the article by Ajay Raina that resulted in a loss of data on the graphs. This online article contains the restored figures in their original, correct state. The error is regretted.