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Muhyiddin's Sabah win hastens march to national polls

With Umno upset, election may be called before budget is passed

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's decisive victory in last Saturday's Sabah election has come at the cost of mounting unhappiness from his largest ally Umno over not being given the chief ministership.

With the Muhyiddin administration - largely made up of MPs from the Premier's Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, the Umno-led Barisan Nasional (BN) and Sarawak's ruling Gabungan Parti Sarawak - numbering just 113 MPs for a wafer-thin majority in the 222-strong Parliament, political insiders and analysts believe the momentum towards snap polls has accelerated in the past week.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2020, with the headline 'Muhyiddin's Sabah win hastens march to national polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe