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Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's political mess magnifies its economic malaise

Muhyiddin's new government faces twin threat of coronavirus and oil price fall

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, left, faces an ongoing political challenge from his predecessor, Mahathir Mohamad, over his parliamentary coup. (Nikkei Montage/Source photo by Getty Images and Kyodo)

KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin began his tenure on March 1. Arguably, the timing could not be worse.

Muhyiddin takes office with the new coronavirus having rapidly spread to more than 100 countries and regions, a development that is adding to the pressure on the Malaysian economy, which had already slowed in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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