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Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin faces mutiny within his coalition

Malaysian PM struggles to keep razor-thin majority while trying to contain coronavirus pandemic

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Barely two months after being installed, Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's grip on power is eroding as dissent within his loose Perikatan Nasional (PN) pact continues to fester.

In Johor, his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia has publicly clashed with Umno, the largest party in PN, over state government appointments. Meanwhile, his orders to ease curbs meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak and allow businesses to reopen nationwide from Monday were initially ignored by most of the country's 13 states.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2020, with the headline Malaysia's PM Muhyiddin faces mutiny within his coalition. Subscribe