Malaysian PM Ismail left with slim majority as PH offers only to abstain in confidence votes

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's Cabinet has set up a ministerial committee to study the opposition coaliton's proposal.
Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's Cabinet has set up a ministerial committee to study the opposition coaliton's proposal.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR - The Ismail Sabri Yaakob administration's controversial move to back away from a confidence motion requested by Malaysia's King comes after the opposition Pakatan Harapan (PH) offered only to abstain in the vote, in exchange for several reform and Covid-19 initiatives.

Official sources told The Straits Times that the main opposition coalition had handed in a draft agreement on the abstention offer before last week's Cabinet meeting, which decided to set up a ministerial committee involving all major ruling parties in government to study the proposal.

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