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Muhyiddin's bid for strong mandate falls prey to Covid-19

With virus cases surging, Malaysian PM may have to wait a year before he can call election

The record number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia have ended plans by PM Muhyiddin Yassin to call polls, likely until end-2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin may have to wait a year to call polls that are needed to end Malaysia's roiling political uncertainty, which has dogged him since he took power in March.

The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president was set to capitalise on the momentum of wresting control of Sabah from Parti Warisan Sabah in September, but the record number of Covid-19 cases that in large part stemmed from the election campaign in the state has put paid to such plans, likely until the end of next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2020, with the headline 'Muhyiddin's bid for strong mandate falls prey to Covid-19'. Print Edition | Subscribe