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With opposition split over Mahathir or Anwar for PM, Muhyiddin could be safe

Anwar claims PH has made decision, which is refuted by DAP

The Democratic Action Party's (DAP) open backing for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to return as Malaysia's premier has revealed the clear schism within the Pakatan Harapan (PH) led by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

The move could end the challenge to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's legitimacy, which has been under assault since he took office on March 1.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2020, with the headline 'With opposition split over Mahathir or Anwar for PM, Muhyiddin could be safe'. Print Edition | Subscribe