A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA
A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA
Sophie Lemière
Opinion

Opinion

Sophie Lemière

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

A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA
A mural depicting Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin at government clinic in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: EPA
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Sophie Lemière

Sophie Lemière

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.