The leader of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) earlier this month withdrew his party’s support for Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, ostensibly depriving him of a governing majority. However, a no-confidence vote will not be on the agenda when MPs reconvene next week.
- Enduring political uncertainty will hamper the effectiveness of efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Wrangling within all of Malaysia’s major political parties will intensify in the lead-up to parliament’s first full sitting post-emergency.
- The influence of Malaysia’s monarchs will continue to grow as further political instability at state level necessitates royal intervention.