In a major international development, the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday announced the dissolution of parliament for a general election.
The election is said to be critical for his ruling coalition.
After laying out the Barisan Nasional coalition’s recent achievements in a 25-minute speech on state television,Najib announced that parliament would be dissolved Saturday to pave the way poll.
It is now for the election commission will announce the date for the polls in the coming days.
It need be recalled that the support for the coalition has been dropping in recent years.
Also the scandal surrounding sovereign wealth fund 1MDB that captured global headlines has added to its problems.
The leader and the fund deny any wrongdoing.
Najib’s United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), the main coalition party, has clung on to power by pushing policies that favour the Muslim Malay majority.