Many Malaysians were hoping polls would lead to political stability but the vote produced no outright winner.
Compromise seems the only way forward for politicians in Malaysia after a very tight race left parliament with no clear winner.
A coalition between the leading runners is now the sole path to forming a government.
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If a compromise is not agreed upon, the king can appoint a politician as prime minister who he believes can command a majority in parliament.
So what happens now?
And what does it mean for the country’s democracy?
Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom
Sophie Lemiere – Political anthropologist and consultant
Oh Ei Sun – Senior fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs
Tricia Yeoh – Chief executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs