ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print
Malaysia in transition

Malaysia's scandal-tarnished UMNO poised to retake PM's office

Ismail Sabri Yaakob appears to have majority, effectively undoing 2018 election

Malaysian prime minister candidate Ismail Sabri Yaakob waves from a bus on his way to an audience with the king on Aug. 19.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- The Malaysian political party that lost the 2018 election under a cloud of corruption suspicion is poised to regain power, as the search for the country's next prime minister appears to be nearing a conclusion.

The leading candidate is former Deputy Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob, a veteran of the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO). He is believed to have the support of 114 lawmakers -- enough for a majority. But while he may have the edge on opposition hopeful Anwar Ibrahim, the prospect of his appointment is raising eyebrows.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Discover the all new Nikkei Asia app

  • Take your reading anywhere with offline reading functions
  • Never miss a story with breaking news alerts
  • Customize your reading experience

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more