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Sentence: Merit-Based Policies and Alliance

sentence: His sentence expires June 8 but he was given a royal pardon on Wednesday and freed from custody after last week's stunning electoral victory by his alliance led by former foe Mahathir Mohamad, according to Vancouver Courier. Anwar said poor Malays will benefit more from merit-based policies that are transparent. In an interview with The Associated Press, the prime minister-in-waiting also said he plans to run in a byelection this year to become a member of Parliament but that he isn't in a rush to take over the top job.article continues below Trending StoriesYVR Airport opens its first self-serve baggage drop system Richmond says it's prepared for projected rising river levels Panel to ponder three options for arterial road and overpass through False Creek Flats Vancouver's Aboriginal relations manager resigns to run Ian Campbell's mayoral campaign Anwar, 70, was convicted of sodomy in 2015 in a case he said was politically motivated. He said the New Economic Policy, instituted in 1971 following bloody riots fueled by Malay discontent with the relative affluence of ethnic minority Chinese, has been abused to enrich the elites. It is also blamed for a racial divide between Malays, who account for two-thirds of Malaysia's 31 million people, and minority Chinese and Indians who have long complained about government discrimination. The program, which gives preference to Malays in government contracts, business, jobs, education and housing, is credited with lifting millions of Malays out of poverty and creating an urban Malay middle class. ( As reported in the news.