Malaysian PM Dissolves Parliament, Two Months Before Term Ends

Malaysian PM Dissolves Parliament Two Months Before Term Ends

Malaysian PM Dissolves Parliament, Two Months Before Term Ends

Pandikar said the next matter would be in the hands of the Election Commission (EC) to conduct the general election process.

Malaysia's scandal-tainted prime minister announced today that Parliament will be dissolved to pave the way for general elections, expected to be held next month that will pit his long-ruling coalition with a revived opposition led by former strongman Mahathir Mohamad.

The 64-year-old ruling party leader has come under pressure from various quarters, including the worldwide community for several high-profile issues including the multi-billion dollar fund mismanagement of a state investment arm, questionable management of Felda and Mara investments, rising cost of living and accusations of corruption and cronyism.

TRT World spoke with Teresa Krug in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

Najib said in a nationally televised address that he obtained consent from Malaysia's king to dissolve Parliament on Saturday, ahead of the expiry of his government's five-year mandate on June 24.

While announcing the dissolution of Parliament, Najib took the opportunity to remind the people of all that the government has done under his administration for the past nine years.

Mr Najib's announcement comes on the back of robust growth for Malaysia, buoyed by a recovery in global crude oil prices and increased trade and infrastructure investment from Malaysia's largest trading partner, China. Voting must be held within two months but widely expected in early May before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Najib's United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) party heads the ruling coalition that has held power since Malaysia's independence in 1957.

The opposition alliance is trying to erode the coalition's support base by focusing on the allegation that Najib improperly received money from a sovereign wealth fund. Transactions related to 1MDB are under investigation in six countries including the US, Singapore and Switzerland.

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