20 words & phrases that defined 2020: Backdoor government

2020 has been a year of upheaval and crisis – one that was shaped by the coronavirus pandemic. It also saw significant developments, such as a general election in Singapore and the United States electing its next leader. In this 12-day series, The Straits Times spotlights 20 words or phrases that defined 2020.

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been unable to shake off accusations that he is now leading a "backdoor government."
Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been unable to shake off accusations that he is now leading a "backdoor government."PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR - The government has passed laws and even won a crucial Budget 2021 vote despite a fractious 10 months in power.

But Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who is president of one of the four parties that made up the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition which forced Malaysia's first change of government at the 2018 election, has been unable to shake off accusations that he is now leading a "backdoor government".

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