He’s been on the verge of leading Malaysia for decades. Now, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is again trying to grab the post of prime minister. He says he’s presented the king with evidence he has the required majority in parliament to unseat Muhyiddin Yassin.
Muhyiddin has only a two-seat majority and is struggling to maintain support. The palace says Anwar has told the monarch how many lawmakers backed him. Anwar has urged Malaysians to be patient and give the king space to review his bid. So, could he finally grab power? And what would it mean for Malaysia?
Al Jazeera speaks to Tricia Yeoh, CEO of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs; Ibrahim Suffian, executive director of the Merdeka Centre, a public opinion research organisation; and Bridget Welsh, senior research associate in the Centre for East Asia Democratic Studies at the National Taiwan University.