Temporary lifeline for Muhyiddin with budget set to pass

MPs unlikely to defy palace's call to approve spending for virus fight

The greater threat to Mr Muhyiddin comes from outside the legislature, with Umno wanting to correct what it believes is an unfair distribution of the spoils of power.
The greater threat to Mr Muhyiddin comes from outside the legislature, with Umno wanting to correct what it believes is an unfair distribution of the spoils of power.PHOTO: REUTERS

Beleaguered Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was expected to have the fight of his life to secure the passage of Budget 2021 this month, amid persistent assaults on what is the slimmest parliamentary majority in Malaysian history.

But whether the Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president still retains the support of the 113 MPs - out of the 222-strong Parliament - that form the ruling Perikatan Nasional (PN) pact appears moot for now, with federal lawmakers unlikely to defy the palace's call to ensure government spending is approved to fight off the blight of the coronavirus pandemic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2020, with the headline 'Temporary lifeline for Muhyiddin with budget set to pass'. Print Edition | Subscribe