For political turmoil to end, monarchy to reshape: Malaysia

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According to commentators, the Malaysian King’s efforts to resolve the country’s long-running political instability could affect the country’s historically ceremonial monarchy, which is regarded as being beyond politics.
Malaysia’s kings serve as a symbolic figurehead in the Muslim-majority country, rarely interfering in politics.
However, Sultan Abdullah, Sultan Ahmad Shah, who could resolve months of political uncertainty this week by appointing a new prime minister, has exercised his constitutional powers and influence like no other to steer the country’s political trajectory.
Over the last 18 months, the King appointed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as Prime Minister, backed him up amid a power struggle, and punished the administration as public opinion turned against the Premier’s handling of Covid-19, leaving the administration’s survival in doubt.
On Monday, Mr Muhyiddin gave his resignation (Aug 16). New Sin Yew, a constitutional lawyer, said the constitutional monarch’s powers had been strained to their maximum during the current crisis, prompting concerns that future kings would overreach.
A precedent has been established, but it is being established in unusual circumstances. Mr New stated, “There is a risk just because of this precedent, which I hope does not repeat itself.”
The palace did not return a request for comment.

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