Malaysia's general election

Speculation is rife in Malaysia that a general election could still be held before the end of the year. 

Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad said he is confident that the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition would recapture its two-thirds majority in parliament if the ballot is held now. 

Malaysia's largest political party UMNO is meanwhile getting ready to hold its annual congress on Wednesday.

And rumours are rampant that parliament may be dissolved immediately after the general assembly, paving the way for a year-end general election. 

For more on the issue, I spoke with Associate Professor Hussin Mutalib from the Department of Political Science at the National University of Singapore. 

He starts by saying that one has to be mindful of the context within which Dr Mahathir's comments were made.

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