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Malaysia PM Muhyiddin's future rides on bringing Covid-19 under control without economic disaster

Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin waving to Covid-19 patients at a quarantine facility in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 19, 2021.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's eighth Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, will likely have his tenure - mostly marked by a battered economy and political turmoil - defined entirely by his management of the Covid-19 pandemic, analysts say.

He needs to show results from the most drastic step yet of his premiership - a seven-month state of emergency declaration announced last week - before snap polls expected later this year, they say.

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