Snap elections in Malaysia: Later rather than sooner?

Despite the buzz about an early general election, it is not in PM Muhyiddin's interests or that of his party to hold one

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has had a surprising and welcome boost. A nationwide poll conducted in July and last month found that 69 per cent of Malaysians, including 93 per cent of Malays, think he is doing a good job.

This will reinforce the prevailing narrative that Tan Sri Muhyiddin would be well served by calling snap elections to bolster his legitimacy and secure a larger parliamentary majority. This scenario is supported by the Prime Minister's coalition partner Umno, which is all too eager to head to the polls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 22, 2020, with the headline 'Snap elections in Malaysia: Later rather than sooner?'. Subscribe