Malaysia’s Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob on October 10 announced the dissolution of parliament, setting the stage for a general election this year.
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Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, who is also finance minister, said ‘tens of billions of ringgit’ in Covid relief during Muhyiddin Yassin’s time as premier was allocated without due procedure.
Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, a former deputy PM and key ally of jailed ex-leader Najib Razak, is Malaysia’s new No 2 leader.
The prime minister plans to unveil the line-up in two or three days’ time.
Consumers and retailers in Malaysia have complained there has been an inconsistent supply of price-controlled eggs, which public officials said was due to high demand after Covid-19 regulations eased.
Malaysia offers subsidies to all citizens, with fuel and cooking oil accounting for the biggest expense. It also subsidises electricity, sugar and flour.
PAS, one of the parties in ex-premier Muhyiddin Yassin’s Perikatan Nasional coalition, has long unnerved Malaysia’s minority groups with its hardline Islamist stance.
Anwar has his work cut out as he aims to keep the peace within his ‘Unity Government’ and steer Malaysia forward after years of political turmoil.
Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s new prime minister, is sometimes seen as ‘pro-West’ and has raised concerns in the past about China’s Xinjiang policy.
Anwar, who reported for duty at the prime minister’s office on Friday, said his primary concern was the economy.
Experts say Malaysia’s new PM Anwar Ibrahim will devote energy to international matters and while he was previously seen as ‘pro-West’ he is now likely to take a more balanced approach.
Anwar Ibrahim’s victory in the Malaysian election caps one of the most remarkable political turnarounds in modern Southeast Asian history.
Pakatan Harapan’s chief has been sworn in as Malaysia’s 10th prime minister, after five days of political uncertainty.
Hope lingers for Anwar to emerge as PM after Muhyiddin reportedly rejected the king’s proposal for a ‘unity government’.
Sultan Abdullah will interview all 30 MPs from Barisan Nasional on Wednesday after Muhyiddin rejected his proposal of a unity government.
Malaysia’s political impasse continues as Anwar Ibrahim says no final decision has been made on who would be the country’s new leader.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is ‘very optimistic’ about leading a coalition government with corruption-tainted Barisan Nasional, after a Monday meeting between top BN, PH leaders.
Pakatan Harapan’s Anwar Ibrahim is seeking to form a simple parliamentary majority with Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s Barisan Nasional.
In October, Malaysia’s leaders committed to a target of fielding 30 per cent women in the country’s general election. But come election day on Saturday, women will only account for 13.5 per cent of the 1,386 candidates on the ballot.
Muhyiddin makes dramatic return after being forced to step down as prime minister in 2021, with Perikatan Nasional on brink of taking federal power.
Muhyiddin’s strategy of pitching Perikatan Nasional as conservative alternative to major parties could have worked in rural constituencies.