Many Malaysians hoped polls would lead to political stability, but the vote failed to produce an outright winner.
A compromise appears to be the only way forward for politicians in Malaysia after a very tight race failed to produce a clear winner for parliament.
A coalition between the frontrunners is now the only way to form a government.
If no compromise is reached, the king may appoint a politician as prime minister whom he believes can command a majority in parliament.
So what’s going to happen now?
And what does it mean for democracy in the country?
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