A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA
In Malaysia’s constant crisis, conditions are perfect for Muhyiddin the politician
Covid-19 is untamed, Mahathir is circling, there are rumbles of royal discontent and he has a razor thin majority in parliament. Yet despite his rocky boat, the prime minister is maintaining his course
Not only have people underestimated Muhyiddin Yassin, but he has used this to his advantage to deceive his adversaries and exploit the weaknesses of a disorderly opposition
Sophie Lemière is a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, University of Nottingham, Malaysia. She is also Adjunct Fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC.