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Next 50 days may be crucial to Muhyiddin's survival as PM

Malaysian PM spent first 100 days fending off twin challenges but path ahead is rockier still

It is quite probable that no other head of government has faced a first 100 days like Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had to, simultaneously fending off a killer virus as well as fighting efforts to topple his government.

Tan Sri Muhyiddin marked his 100th day in the hot seat yesterday, with most of his time in office spent trying to balance the health and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. Malaysia's unemployment rate is now at its highest since the global financial crisis a decade ago, and a recession is all but certain for 2020.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2020, with the headline 'Next 50 days may be crucial to Muhyiddin's survival as PM'. Print Edition | Subscribe