power plays how different parties in malaysia stack up with a possible election this year - Power plays: How different parties in Malaysia stack up with a possible election this year

Umno’s sudden announcement last week proposing that Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob continue leading Malaysia if it wins the next general election, widely expected this year, does not mark the end of intrigue in the ruling party.

Rather, it is akin to hearing the bell signalling the start of the final stretch in a contest that could make or break the careers of the top brass in the grand old party.

The tussle for predominance in Umno between its two main factions – president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s, dubbed “PWTC” after the location of the party’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, and Datuk Seri Ismail’s, referred to as “Putrajaya” as it is made up mostly of leaders with government positions based in the administrative capital – had already reached fever pitch by the time the party’s Supreme Council drew some kind of line under the matter with its April 14 statement.

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