News analysis - Malaysia: Political crisis

Anwar suffers blow to reformist credentials in his bid to be Malaysia's PM

Mr Anwar's failure in his prime ministerial bid may play into the hands of former Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal, touted as a potential PM candidate.
Mr Anwar's failure in his prime ministerial bid may play into the hands of former Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal, touted as a potential PM candidate.PHOTO: REUTERS

Not only does opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's latest bid to become Malaysia's next prime minister look dead in the water, but his reformist credentials have also been dented in the process, say political pundits.

Datuk Seri Anwar claimed last month to have secured a strong majority to form a new government - the third time he has made such a claim over the past dozen years. But his much-anticipated audience with the King, Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah, two weeks ago to prove his claim did not immediately yield the expected results.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2020, with the headline 'Anwar suffers blow to reformist credentials in his bid to be PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe