At the time of writing much remains uncertain for Malaysia’s direction on defence, particularly given that the country has been under a two week restricted movement and quarantine order until March 31 due to the Coronavirus. The current government is reeling from both the economic aftermath of the coronavirus and political uncertainty.

Following the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government on February 24, a new Prime Minister, Muhyiddin Yassin was sworn in on March 1, heading a coalition called Perikatan Nasional – though whether it will last until the next General Election in 2023 is uncertain. For now the country’s focus on containing the spread of the Coronavirus has put the political fight on hold and it remains to be seen if Parliament will reconvene on 18 May. Irrespective of whatever happens

Read more in the current issue of DRA (Free to read with registration or via Facebook/Linkedin): https://defencereviewasia.partica.online/defence-review-asia/dra-april-2020/features/coronavirus-politics-and-economic-headaches-malaysias-defence-procurement-in-disarray

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