Cracks in ruling, opposition pacts may plunge Malaysia into political chaos again

Although Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (above) appears to have appeased most factions in his Perikatan Nasional coalition, one party president rejected the offered deputy ministership.
Although Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (above) appears to have appeased most factions in his Perikatan Nasional coalition, one party president rejected the offered deputy ministership.PHOTO: REUTERS

Cracks have begun to show in Malaysia's ruling and opposition pacts less than 10 days since they both staked claim to the majority in Parliament, putting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a risky position, where just a handful of disgruntled defectors can make the difference between his lasting the rest of the term and the country plunging into political chaos yet again.

Although Tan Sri Muhyiddin, the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president, appears to have appeased most factions in his Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition, another party president has rejected the offered deputy ministership and quarrels over control of state governments have arisen.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2020, with the headline 'Cracks in ruling, opposition pacts may plunge Malaysia into political chaos again'. Subscribe