News analysis

Talk of snap polls distracts from Malaysia PM Ismail's crucial final budget

Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is said to be seriously considering a dissolution of Parliament next week, PHOTO: AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia is set to unveil its last government budget on Friday before an impending election in what is likely to be Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob's final opportunity to stamp his mark as more than just a compromise candidate to lead the nation.

Amid speculation that Parliament could be dissolved as soon as Thursday as party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's camp in the ruling Umno ramps up pressure for polls to be held this year, both de facto law minister Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar and the Finance Ministry have stressed that the Oct 7 tabling will go ahead as scheduled.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.