Royal consent to block polls signals Malaysia PM Muhyiddin safe until Covid-19 curbed

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin continues to be kept on his toes by Umno, which had previously threatened to withhold its support.PHOTO: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR - Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and his slim-majority government are back on safe ground for now, after Malaysia's King on Wednesday (Nov 18) consented to an emergency declaration that effectively postponed a by-election, amid the country's worst wave of coronavirus infections.

Analysts and political insiders see the King's agreement to delay the Dec 5 vote for the little-known Sabah coastal town of Batu Sapi in easternmost Malaysia as a clear signal from Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah that snap national polls will not happen until the pandemic is subdued.

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