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World Malaysia PM Muhyiddin gets reprieve from key political ally

10:05  27 october  2020
10:05  27 october  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

Malaysian premier mulls cabinet reshuffle to keep key ally: sources

  Malaysian premier mulls cabinet reshuffle to keep key ally: sources Malaysian premier mulls cabinet reshuffle to keep key ally: sourcesKUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is in talks on a possible cabinet reshuffle in an attempt to appease a key ally that has threatened to pull support for the ruling coalition, three sources said on Monday.

Muhyiddin had appeared to appoint Azmin as his right hand man after saying the latter was the first of equals among his four senior ministers. Senator Liew Chin Tong suggestion that Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin offer up Senior Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali and Home Minister Datuk Seri

Political analysts said UMNO's move made it easier to force elections, in which it might do better than in 2018, when it lost power amid anger over the UMNO leaders, including Najib, have been pushing for a snap election and believe they can win an election without Muhyiddin , political experts say.

The largest party in Malaysia’s ruling political alliance has declared its support for Muhyiddin Yassin, providing some respite for the prime minister who was facing calls for his resignation after the king rejected his plan to impose a state of emergency.

Azmin Ali, Muhyiddin Yassin posing for the camera: Muhyiddin, who has a razor-thin majority in parliament, is under pressure from unhappy coalition partners who have demanded more powerful positions in his administration [File: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters] © Muhyiddin, who has a razor-thin majority in parliament, is under pressure from unhappy coalition par... Muhyiddin, who has a razor-thin majority in parliament, is under pressure from unhappy coalition partners who have demanded more powerful positions in his administration [File: Lim Huey Teng/Reuters]

The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party, which earlier this month threatened to withdraw support for Muhyiddin, said late on Monday it would now back him so the government could focus efforts on managing a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysia’s Ruling Party UMNO Pledges Support for Government

  Malaysia’s Ruling Party UMNO Pledges Support for Government Malaysia’s United Malays National Organization party expressed its support for the government on Monday, in a boost to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership. © Bloomberg Muhyiddin Yassin, Malaysia's prime minister, speaks during a news conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on Monday, March 9, 2020. Malaysia's prime minister picked the head of one the country's main banks as his new finance minister Monday amid heightened global risks and domestic policy uncertainty.

Malaysian PM faces calls to quit after a failure to enforce a state of emergency. Malaysia 's monarch turned down PM Muhyiddin 's request to declare a state of emergency on Sunday and However, leaders of other political parties in Muhyiddin 's coalition as well as the opposition took advantage of

Malaysia 's King Al-Sultan Abdullah rejected on Sunday a request by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin for him to declare a state of emergency in response to FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Malaysia 's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin wearing a protective mask arrives at a mosque for prayers, amid the

Muhyiddin, who has a razor-thin majority in parliament, is under pressure from unhappy coalition partners demanding more powerful positions and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who declared earlier this month he had sufficient support in parliament to form a government.

Malaysians are also upset over the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, after cases surged in the Borneo state of Sabah forcing a number of areas of the country back into a partial lockdown, known locally as a CMCO.

The country reported a record number of cases on Monday – 1,240 – and the CMCO in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya was extended for a further two weeks.

Muhyiddin’s government had said an emergency was necessary to control the pandemic, but the king rejected the proposal on Sunday amid an outcry among Malaysians. The last nationwide emergency was declared 50 years ago after race riots in Kuala Lumpur left many dead.

Malaysian PM to ask king to declare state of emergency: sources

  Malaysian PM to ask king to declare state of emergency: sources Malaysian PM to ask king to declare state of emergency: sourcesThe proposed emergency would include a suspension of parliament, which was scheduled to reconvene in November, one of the sources said.

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin attends a parliament session at lower house in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia , on July 13, 2020. Muhyiddin said Monday, Oct. 26, 2020 his government was prioritizing protecting people from COVID-19 amid a new outbreak after the king rejected an

Malaysia 's Muhyiddin named PM in shock that sidelines old rivals. Malaysia 's king named former interior minister Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister on Saturday in a shock Anwar was Mahathir's deputy and a rising political star when Mahathir was prime minister the first time, but they

Unlikely alliances

In its latest statement, UMNO also said it would not work with Anwar’s party, rejecting a proposal by former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was found guilty of corruption in July in the first of a series of cases related to the multibillion-dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB.

In a Monday meeting of the former ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which is dominated by UMNO, Najib asked MPs in the alliance to endorse Anwar, three sources familiar with the matter told the Reuters news agency.

Najib’s backing for Anwar – and Anwar’s willingness to work with Najib – would mark a striking turnaround in their recent relationship. Anwar’s party was part of the Pakatan Harapan coalition that defeated Najib and BN in May 2018 amid public outrage over the 1MDB scandal.

Muhyiddin has maintained a tenuous alliance with UMNO, whose backing was key in his bid to secure the leadership without an election in March, after political wrangling led to the resignation of veteran politician Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister and a week of political turmoil.

Leaders in UMNO, which had led the country for more than 60 years until its defeat in 2018, are unhappy at playing second fiddle to Muhyiddin’s party, which has fewer seats.

Amid the turmoil, some of UMNO’s corruption-tainted leaders, including Najib, have been trying to revive their political fortunes. Muhyiddin broke with UMNO over 1MDB, before joining the Pakatan Harapan coalition. The king appointed him prime minister after being convinced that the former home minister and one-time deputy prime minister had the support in parliament to govern.

Parliament is due to sit next week, with the government’s big test set for November 6 when the finance minister will present the budget for 2021.

Malaysia PM Muhyiddin calls on lawmakers to ensure national budget will be passed to tackle pandemic .
Malaysia PM Muhyiddin calls on lawmakers to ensure national budget will be passed to tackle pandemic"I hope all parliamentarians can put aside political differences to ensure that the 2021 Budget is approved in the interest of the people and the country," he said in a televised address.

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