Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad needs to take down the present authorities — simply months after his resignation from the highest job resulted within the collapse of the earlier administration that he led.However the coalition of now-opposition events cannot agree on who must be prime minister in the event that they reach wrestling again energy. Mahathir had initially wished to return as prime minister, however was reportedly rejected by opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim.Anwar was a deputy prime minister throughout Mahathir’s first stint as Malaysia’s chief. However the two males turned rivals after Anwar was sacked and charged with sodomy and corruption — earlier than they patched up and fashioned an alliance to take down the federal government of the day within the 2018 elections.Mahathir turned prime minister for the second time after the elections, and had promised handy over the reins to Anwar earlier than the top of the five-year time period. However the elder statesman, who will flip 95 subsequent month, unexpectedly resigned from his place in February — which paved the best way for present Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to imagine energy.The nonagenarian has sought to problem Muhyiddin’s declare to the highest job by means of a no-confidence movement in parliament, arguing that the present prime minister — who’s a former ally — may not have the bulk assist of the 222-seat chamber. However Malaysia’s parliament has to date solely convened for an deal with by the king. “The brand new prime minister claims that he has the bulk, however he is so nervous about his majority that parliament has not been allowed to take a seat. When the parliament was opened by the king, solely the speech of the king was heard, no debates had been allowed,” Mahathir instructed CNBC’s “Street Indicators Asia” on Tuesday.”So he’s nonetheless not sure of himself whereas the nation wants a powerful hand to deal with the numerous issues together with the … pandemic,” he added, referring to the coronavirus illness — or Covid-19 — which has unfold globally.The subsequent parliamentary sitting is scheduled for July, and analysts have warned that any additional delays might hinder the federal government’s response to challenges posed by the coronavirus outbreak and its financial implications.Racial politicsIn a twist over the weekend, Mahathir declared in a video posted on his social media channels that he is supporting Shafie Apdal — a political chief from the East Malaysian state of Sabah — to be the following prime minister. Not one of the opposition events have formally endorsed the proposal, in response to native media reviews.When CNBC requested Mahathir why is not he backing Anwar, the opposition chief, to be the following prime minister, he stated: “He’s not highly regarded with the Malays.””It has been proven that the assist of the Malays is essential for any get together to win the election, and since he is not highly regarded — being the chief of a multi-racial get together — he wants anyone who’s chief of the Malays to assist him win the election,” Mahathir added.Ethnic Malays, who make up over 60% of Malaysia’s inhabitants, are an essential vote bank for political events — a few of which have lengthy performed up the race card to shore up assist.For instance, Mahathir’s political opponents led a backlash in opposition to his authorities’s pledge in 2018 to ratify a United Nations conference in opposition to racial discrimination. They claimed that the transfer might dilute the privileges of indigenous folks — which embrace the ethnic Malays — protected beneath the nation’s structure. The federal government walked again on its pledge.Economists have lengthy warned that Malaysia’s long-term financial progress may very well be hampered by such insurance policies favoring ethnic Malays, which has induced a major mind drain within the nation as people from the minority teams seek for higher alternatives abroad.CNBC’s Nancy Hungerford requested Mahathir for his stance on race-based inequality, given the current international concentrate on the difficulty, however the politician did not reply the query and as an alternative spoke concerning the nation’s coronavirus outbreak.