With Malaysian Politics on A Knife’s Edge, What Challenges Will Muhyiddin Face?

By Ooi Kee Beng

April 2020 PICKING ON THE PAST
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If Malaysia ’s new government under Muhyiddin Yassin is a solid one, then one could perhaps begin declaring a new era in the country’s politics.But it is not, and it in fact depends heavily on parties like the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) and the Islamist Parti Agama Se-Malaysia (PAS) to stay in power.Believing that Malaysia is in a new political era would be as foolhardy as the attitude of those who believed in the wake of the May 2018...

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Ooi Kee Beng

is the Executive Director of Penang Institute. His recent books include The Eurasian Core and its Edges: Dialogues with Wang Gungwu on the History of the World (ISEAS 2016). Homepage: wikibeng.com