UMNO, the biggest party in Malaysia, on July 8 pulled its support for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Photo: EPA
UMNO, the biggest party in Malaysia, on July 8 pulled its support for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Photo: EPA
Joseph Chinyong Liow
Opinion

Opinion

Joseph Chinyong Liow and Ariel Tan

In Malaysia, what lies beneath the divorce of Umno and Muhyiddin’s Bersatu?

  • When Umno withdrew support for the ruling Perikatan Nasional coalition and called for the PM to resign, local politics was thrown into greater uncertainty
  • But a long history of patronage politics, Malay disunity, and withering pluralism needs to be considered to understand this twist

UMNO, the biggest party in Malaysia, on July 8 pulled its support for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Photo: EPA
UMNO, the biggest party in Malaysia, on July 8 pulled its support for the Perikatan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Photo: EPA
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