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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's Muhyiddin narrowly passes final budget vote test

Anwar musters 108 votes against COVID-fighting plan, short of claimed majority

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has formally passed his 2021 budget, keeping opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim at bay.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia's budget for 2021 has cleared the final parliamentary hurdle, giving embattled Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin another win but once again underscoring his shaky hold on power.

Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to accept the record 322.5 billion ringgit ($79 billion) budget, reaffirming their decision to approve it in late November. But while the opposition put up virtually no resistance the first time around, this time it passed by a slim margin of 111 to 108.

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