KUALA LUMPUR – The two largest winners Malaysia’s On Sunday, general elections will take place to Make alliances to form You can find more information at government After a hard fought general election, it failed to The nation’s king is the clear winner to Be the ultimate arbiter.
After Saturday’s dissident polls, the unusual hung Parliament plunged Malaysia into a new crisis. It was a shock to many Malaysians, who still hope for stability after the political turmoil that has seen three prime minsters since 2018.
Former Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s Malay-centric Perikatan Nasional (or National Alliance), enjoyed unexpected support, winning 73 of the 222 Parliamentary seats.
Its hard-line ally the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party was the biggest winner with a haul of 49 Parliamentary seats — more than double what it won in 2018. The party, also known as PAS, promotes Sharia, rules in three states, and is the largest party. Its rise has caused concern about greater Islamisation in the country.
Anwar Ibrahim, Opposition leader and reformist alliance, topped the race With 82 federal seats, it was far below the 112 required for a majority.
The largest loser was the United Malays National Organisation alliance, which governed Malaysia from independence in Britain to 2018.
It lost 30 seats in its worst performance, as many Malays opted to vote for Muhyiddin’s block. This bloc has been lauded as an “amazing” choice. “caring, clean and stable” alternative.
“This election had reinforced identity politics. Given that no party has outright majority, the newly formed coalition government will need to unite the nation,” said Amir Fareed Rahim, director of strategy at public affairs at political risk consultancy KRA Group.
Many rural Malays, who form two-thirds of Malaysia’s 33 million people — which includes large minorities of ethnic Chinese and Indians — fear they may lose their rights with greater pluralism under Anwar’s alliance. This, together with corruption in UMNO, has benefited Muhyiddin’s bloc.
Among other key election losers was two-time former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who at 97 is leading a separate Malay movement. He suffered a shocking defeat to the National Alliance.
Anwar and Muhyiddin, both 75, claimed they have enough support to secure a majority, but have not provided details.
Muhyiddin appeared to be leading as he met with one of the Borneo bloc leaders Sunday. He said negotiations are also underway with other groups.
“God willing, the federal government will be able to be formed in the near future,” He tweeted.
Anwar stated at a news conference, that he had written support from lawmakers in order to obtain a simple majority.
He stated that this would be submitted to King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who will ultimately decide.
Malaysian kings are largely ceremonial but he can appoint the prime minister who he believes has the majority support from Parliament.
“We have obtained the majority … majority means more than 111,” Anwar spoke.
In a statement, the palace stated that Sultan Abdullah had asked political leaders to Send your vote for prime minister and the alliance for a majority to be formed by Monday.
As he appealed to Malaysians, the monarch stated that his decision would be final. to Accept the result to You can be sure of a stable environment government.
Muhyiddin, who had defected from Anwar’s alliance to join the UMNO-led Alliance in a move that triggered a revolt by the populace, took power March 2020. government’s collapse. After 17 months of infighting, he quit the partnership.
Their support is essential as two political parties from Borneo have won a total of 32 federal seats. UMNO is also important. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, leader of the National Front alliance, said that he was willing to work with them. to set aside differences to Stability is essential government Can be made, but no details.
Zahid, who is facing a variety of graft charges and pressure, faces it to After UMNO’s second defeat at polls, he resigned.
After bowing to UMNO pressure, Ismail Sabri Yaakob, then-Prime minister, called snap polls for October. The strategy failed to deliver the expected strong return amid fragmented opposition. UMNO leaders to meet later Sunday to Decide who to support.