Commentary - Malaysia: Political crisis

Muhyiddin gets a breather, but for how long?

Premier may have won support from Umno, but return to status quo is far from stable

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is not the only one with his political future on the line.
Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is not the only one with his political future on the line.PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was thrown a lifeline in the early hours of yesterday when leaders from Umno declared that it would continue to back his Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

But Umno sources noted that the support is conditional on concessions that the Premier may be unlikely to meet, underscoring the growing view that Tan Sri Muhyiddin's grip on power is weakening.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2020, with the headline 'Muhyiddin gets a breather, but for how long?'. Print Edition | Subscribe