Malaysia’s PM must consolidate unity government

Malaysia’s PM must consolidate unity government

Dr Oh noted that there is less than a month left to go before the start of the next financial year, and PM Anwar needs to revitalise and revive the Malaysian economy.

If he can bring inflation down, create more jobs and ensure Malaysia's food security, then people will rally around him, said Dr Oh.

If his administration is still plagued with power struggles that were very prevalent in the Pakatan Harapan PH administration, as well as the subsequent two administrations, then this government may not be as stable as it appears, he said.

The process of filling Cabinet positions and filling government positions is very tricky, said Francis Hutchinson, senior fellow fellow and coordinator at the Malaysia Studies Programme in the ISEAS Yusof Ishak Institute.

Mr Anwar will have to work with to consolidate a unity government because of the number of parties that he will have to work with.

These include the Barisan Nasional coalition, which U-turned on its initial decision to form the opposition to take part in the unity government, and the coalitions from the East Malaysia states of Sabah and Sarawak.

He's going to have to bring in people from four coalitions, and within that different coalitions, so there could be a bloated Cabinet as you try to have a position to offer everyone, according to Dr Hutchinson, who told CNA's Asia Now.

Dr Oh said that Mr Anwar's Parti Keadilan Rakyat deputy president Rafizi Ramli's expertise in financial matters could make him a suitable fit for a finance portfolio, while heavyweights from the United Malays National Organisation UMNO such as its deputy president Mohamad Hasan could be appointed deputy prime minister along with an important ministerial portfolio.