Malaysia Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s coalition and the main opposition bloc signed a cooperation agreement on Monday to ensure stability during the COVID-19 pandemic, which could help the premier win a confidence vote.
The agreement is set to be signed at 5 p.m. on Monday.
However, Ismail Sabri took office last month with a slim parliamentary majority, becoming the third prime minister in as many years.
But the constitutional monarch has demanded that he face a vote of confidence to demonstrate that he has the support of a majority in parliament.
Ismail Sabri announced a series of political reforms, including limiting the prime minister’s term to ten years, working more closely with the opposition on legislation to ensure bipartisan agreement, and elevating the position of opposition leader to the same rank and remuneration as a cabinet minister.
According to Ismail Sabri, the bipartisan agreement signed on Monday covers six areas, including improving the COVID-19 plan, governance transformation, parliamentary reforms, and judicial independence.
Following a series of corruption claims, the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), which had ruled for more than 60 years since independence, was defeated in elections in 2018.
Muhyiddin ultimately resigned in August after a difficult 17 months in government, and Ismail Sabri took over as Prime Minister as UMNO reclaimed the top seat.
Since then, two governments have fallen apart, and Ismail Sabri’s appointment has restored UMNO’s premiership.
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