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PM Muhyiddin: Malaysia will hold an election after Covid-19 is over

  • Published at 06:30 pm November 28th, 2020
Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin
File Photo: Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin speaks during a news conference, in Putrajaya on March 11, 2020 Reuters

'We will return the mandate to the people and leave it to them to choose which government they want'

Malaysia will hold a general election when the Covid-19 pandemic is over, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said on Saturday, shortly after he averted a showdown by winning parliamentary support for his administration's budget.

Parliament passed the largest-ever budget by a voice vote on Thursday despite weeks of threats by the opposition and some of Muhyiddin's allies to derail the government's 2021 spending plan, which could have triggered a crisis.

"God willing, when Covid-19 is over, we will hold a general election," Muhyiddin said in a speech at a virtual annual general meeting of his Bersatu party.

"We will return the mandate to the people and leave it to them to choose which government they want."

Muhyiddin's eight-month-old administration has clung on with a two-seat majority in parliament, managing to fend off a leadership challenge from opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and contain growing dissent in the United Malays National Organization (UMNO), the largest bloc in his coalition.

Muhyiddin said he met UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi this week and they agreed to mend ties between their parties and avoid competing against each other when an election is called.

"I know the people are fed up with the unending politicking. The people want political leaders to help them, not constantly fight for power," Muhyiddin said.

Malaysia is facing a new wave of Covid-19 infections, with cumulative cases rising more than four-fold since September to more than 60,000 as of Friday.

 


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