Snap elections in Malaysia: Later rather than sooner?

Despite the buzz about an early general election, it is not in PM Muhyiddin’s interests or that of his party to hold one

While the prevailing narrative is that Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin would be well served by calling snap elections, it may be better if he chooses to make haste slowly, says the author. PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has had a surprising and welcome boost. A nationwide poll conducted in July and last month found that 69 per cent of Malaysians, including 93 per cent of Malays, think he is doing a good job.

This will reinforce the prevailing narrative that Tan Sri Muhyiddin would be well served by calling snap elections to bolster his legitimacy and secure a larger parliamentary majority. This scenario is supported by the Prime Minister's coalition partner Umno, which is all too eager to head to the polls.

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