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Muhyiddin in a bind as Umno demands Cabinet reshuffle

Malaysian PM has to decide whether to appoint graft-linked leaders

Umno's leadership has demanded a Cabinet reshuffle that adheres to the official hierarchy in Malaysia's largest ruling party, putting embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in a quandary over whether to accede to the ultimatum that would mean appointing ministers with graft cases hanging over their heads.

The Straits Times has learnt that emissaries, including Umno secretary-general Ahmad Maslan, presented their case to the Premier on Wednesday, after the party's political bureau chaired by president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi decided on Tuesday it would set new conditions in exchange for its continued support for the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2020, with the headline 'Muhyiddin in a bind as Umno demands Cabinet reshuffle'. Print Edition | Subscribe