Major challenges confronting Muhyiddin

Malaysia's new PM has to reckon with the threat posed by his predecessor as he tries to come up with a Cabinet satisfactory to all

It was the longest week in Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's long career, and the emotion in the room was palpable when he arrived home from his audience with the Malaysian King last Saturday.

Malaysia's Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had collapsed about a week ago, and Mr Muhyiddin, 72, had emerged like a dark horse from the wings to secure the numbers needed to form a new government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 04, 2020, with the headline 'Major challenges confronting Muhyiddin'. Subscribe