Are Malaysian parliamentarians in a prisoner’s dilemma?

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Given recent events such as the Ahmad Ismail racist outburst, Anwar’s cause has been greatly advanced. The fact that Umno is in deep turmoil and that the Mahathir, Razaleigh and Muhyiddin factions are increasingly denting the legitimacy of the Abdullah-Najib coalition, creates an air of uncertainly for the de facto ruling party of Malaysia. Now comes the rising opportunity for BN component parties to abandon UMNO and yet be able to join a winning coalition. Johan Saravanamuttu suspects the bandwagon effect has already been obtained in the Malaysian situation and many parliamentarians are seriously considering crossing over – and this could include Umno MPs.

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