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Malaysia in transition

Muhyiddin appeals for opposition backing as confidence vote looms

Malaysian PM vows rewards, and election by next July, in return for stability

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is looking to the opposition to help shore up his unstable government, before an election he promises will be held by July 2022.   © Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR -- Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Friday publicly appealed to opposition lawmakers to help shore up his teetering government, promising to reward them accordingly.

In a televised address, Muhyiddin vowed not to succumb to pressure to resign, as doing so would jeopardize the country's fight against COVID-19 and economic recovery. But in a move tantamount to acknowledging that he no longer controls a majority, the prime minister asked for bipartisan support in a confidence vote now planned for Sept. 7.

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