Mahathir has a new party

He may be down, but Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s launch of a new political party for his rebel Bersatu-ians suggests he’s definitely not out. Not by a long shot.

Elsewhere in today’s newsletter we take a look at Lim Guan Eng’s day in court on Friday, uneven enforcement of the mandatory mask rule, Malaysia’s plan to eradicate poverty by 2030, and the apology of a minister that doesn’t say very much.