Malaysia passes law to discourage party defections

Malaysia on Thursday passed a law discouraging elected lawmakers from switching political parties, following a series of defections that has caused political instability in recent years. The new law could be crucial in providing stability as national elections are expected to be called earlier than the September 2023 deadline. Malaysia has seen two coalition governments… Read More Malaysia passes law to discourage party defections

Malaysia’s king appoints Ismail Sabri Yaakob as new prime minister

Malaysia’s king appointed Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the prime minister on Friday, returning the job to a party tainted by graft accusations as the southeast Asian nation grapples with a COVID-19 surge and an economic slump. Ismail Sabri replaces Muhyiddin Yassin, who stepped down on Monday after coalition infighting cost him his majority, but the… Read More Malaysia’s king appoints Ismail Sabri Yaakob as new prime minister

Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin announces resignation

Malaysia’s Muhyiddin Yassin stepped down as prime minister on Monday after months of political turmoil culminated in the loss of his majority, but his resignation is likely to open another chapter of instability in the absence of any obvious successor. Muhyiddin’s resignation ends a tumultuous 17 months in office, the shortest stint of a Malaysian… Read More Malaysian PM Muhyiddin Yassin announces resignation