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Readying for polls, Malaysian PM Muhyiddin keeps 1MDB in spotlight

1MDB has reclaimed headlines this year not just with ongoing graft trials involving Najib Razak.PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR - Faced with growing doubts over his legitimacy, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been lining up his ducks in recent weeks to defend his premiership in national polls expected as soon as the coronavirus pandemic is under control in Malaysia.

Official sources told The Straits Times that last week's crossover of two MPs from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) and an assemblyman from Parti Warisan Sabah was just the start of a wave of defections to further destabilise the opposition.

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