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Muhyiddin's popularity, Covid-19 aid key to GRS' win in Sabah

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin's popularity and his administration's Covid-19 relief initiatives were key to his alliance securing victory at the Sabah state election last Saturday, analysts say.

Despite the fractious relations between members of his newly-banded Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS), the pact emerged victorious with 38 of the 73 state assembly seats. Its main opponent and the incumbent government Warisan Plus secured 32 seats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 28, 2020, with the headline 'Muhyiddin's popularity, Covid-19 aid key to GRS' win in Sabah'. Print Edition | Subscribe