The longest serving Malaysian leader shrugs off suggestion that he should retire due to his old age.
The elections would come nine months before Parliament’s term expires, following calls for early polls from PM Ismail Sabri Yaakob's party, United Malays National Organization.
Malaysian authorities warn bad weather is set to continue in northern states, as official data showed 11,831 people are being housed in flood relief centres.
Media descended on the hospital as news spread that ex-PM Mahathir Mohamad had been admitted again, and current Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob also paid him a visit.
The presence of familiar figures in the cabinet line-up raises doubts on whether the new government is up to the task of tackling challenges such as the Covid-19 pandemic.
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