Otago Daily Times

Malaysia’s PM called on to re­sign

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Min­is­ter Muhyid­din Yassin faced calls to re­sign yes­ter­day amid doubt over the sup­port he com­mands, af­ter the king re­jected his re­quest to de­clare a state of emer­gency to fight the coro­n­avirus.

Muhyid­din had re­quested emer­gency rule amid a fresh spike in in­fec­tions in Malaysia and the pan­demic’s bat­ter­ing of the econ­omy. Crit­ics, how­ever, ac­cused him of seek­ing a pre­text to sus­pend Par­lia­ment and avoid a test of his ra­zor­thin par­lia­men­tary ma­jor­ity.

King Al­Sul­tan Ab­dul­lah’s re­fusal is seen as fur­ther erod­ing Muhyid­din’s grip on power, a month af­ter op­po­si­tion leader An­war Ibrahim said he had ma­jor­ity sup­port to form a new gov­ern­ment.

Turn­ing down Muhyid­din’s re­quest on Sun­day, the king asked politi­cians to end any pol­i­tick­ing that could desta­bilise a gov­ern­ment that he said had han­dled the pan­demic well.

But lead­ers of other par­ties in Muhyid­din’s coali­tion and the op­po­si­tion crit­i­cised his move to seek emer­gency pow­ers and called on him to step down. — Reuters

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