KUALA LUMPUR, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) — Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s coalition has won a crucial state assembly election in the eastern state of Sabah.
A group of parties aligned with Muhyiddin’s federal government won a slim majority of 38 seats out of the total 73 seats, unseating the previous state government, according to the results announced by the Election Commission after midnight Sunday.
In a televised speech following the results, Muhyiddin thanked the voters of Sabah and urged the new state assemblymen to fulfil their mandate to their best ability.
The election victory for Muhyiddin came after a recent claim by the national opposition leader and former deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim that he had secured a “convincing” majority in the lower house of the parliament to form a new federal government. Muhyiddin insisted that he is still the legitimate prime minister, a position he held since March. Enditem