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Malaysia Won’t Rush National Vote After UMNO’s Big Johor Win

  • Can’t hold election because one group wants it, PM Ismail says
  • UMNO gains momentum, wins more than two-thirds of Johor seats
Ismail Sabri Yaakob
Ismail Sabri YaakobPhotographer: Samsul Said/Bloomberg
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Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said he won’t be rushed into calling an early general election despite pressure from his own party following its resounding victory during local elections on Saturday.

The United Malays National Organisation and its allies won a supermajority in local elections for the second time in four months, strengthening its position ahead of a general election due next year. Supporters chanted “dissolve parliament” -- a precursor to a nationwide vote -- as Ismail walked through the party’s command center in Johor state Saturday night.