Malaysia election – one year on
  • Whether it was the globe-stopping pandemic, bloody battles in the Himalayas or the formation of the world’s largest trading bloc, a lot has happened this year
  • And that’s before we even get into the events you might have missed. Read on for our picks of the most significant stories in Asia

Scandal-tainted former prime minister Najib says his party risks defeat at Malaysia’s next election if it continues to back the current administration.


Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah issued a fresh statement on Friday urging calm following a meeting with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim earlier in the week.

Mahathir, 94, vowed to seek his successor Muhyiddin Yassin’s ousting at every turn, scolding him for bringing back into power a corruption-tainted party rejected by voters.

Barisan Nasional coalition member the Malaysian Chinese Association is expected to clinch the seat for Tanjung Piai as disillusionment with the government grows.

Analysts say the prime minister is throwing his weight behind Azmin, while simultaneously be trying to shore up his own party – and his son, Mukhriz, may become a key figure in the tussle over who becomes the country’s next leader.

The Malaysian leader says his aim is to help the ethnic group economically. Analysts spot other motives: hollowing out the opposition and thwarting his rival Anwar Ibrahim.

Should PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim be worried about Malaysia’s new anti-graft chief? Ask the current PM, Mahathir Mohamad, who went against his manifesto to appoint her

As Malaysia marks the Pakatan Harapan’s historic election victory over the Barisan Nasional, critics say the prime minister’s second stint in power is beginning to resemble his first – when he ruled with an iron fist.

The United Malays National Organisation is undergoing transformation as it targets rural support base, but stacking leadership with ‘fighters’ ready for battle may be a risky road back to power.

As the May 9 anniversary nears, the new government is facing some old concerns, with opposition parties leaning to the right and finding many willing to listen.