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Malaysia in transition

Anwar's leadership hopes hinge on Malaysia ruling party dissent

UMNO officials worry they will be convicted under Muhyiddin government

 Malaysia opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim reacts during a news conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia September 23, 2020.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- The latest move by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who created a political storm this week by claiming to hold enough support in the parliament to topple Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's government, comes as officials in the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) fear the outcomes of ongoing corruption trials, sources said.

Sources within UMNO told the Nikkei Asian Review that party members had expressed unhappiness with Muhyiddin's government after the July conviction of former premier Najib Razak in the multibillion-dollar corruption case relating to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad government investment fund.

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