Category: Malaysia

MALAYSIA: PM Muhyiddin survives, barely

The United Malays National Organization (UMNO) decided late Monday evening to continue supporting Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Over the weekend, the prime minister had asked the king to declare a state of emergency, which would have forestalled any attempt to bring down his government, either by the opposition or from within his own coalition.… Read the rest

MALAYSIA: Anwar’s PM bid derailed, but Muhyiddin is far from safe

A statement from United Malays National Organization (UMNO) leader Zahid Hamidi calling for a “political ceasefire” and announcing his party’s continued support for the current ruling coalition signal the unraveling of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s attempt to become prime minister — at least for now.… Read the rest

MALAYSIA/THAILAND: Possible effects of tighter rules for migrant workers

  • Fears of international transmission are likely to cause both countries to tighten rules on foreign worker flows and working conditions.
  • Short-term effects could include production disruptions that become more pronounced as economic activities pick up, as well as reputational risks for firms if the new rules are implemented unevenly.
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MALAYSIA: A bad weekend for Muhyiddin and Mahathir

Two developments over the weekend seemed to confirm that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin remains vulnerable, not so much from the opposition, but from his own coalition allies. The status of the ruling coalition remains shaky, which sustains the chances of early elections.… Read the rest