Coronavirus testing Mahathir's government

Already beset with many other issues, the PH coalition is facing its toughest challenge yet

The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government has been put to the test over a large number of issues over the past 20 months, but none is as challenging as the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

There are two outbreak-related challenges that the government needs to overcome: to stop the transmission of infection within the community, and prevent the country's economy from heading towards a recession.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 09, 2020, with the headline 'Coronavirus testing Mahathir's government'. Subscribe