Malaysia's Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob is facing the possibility of being forced to weather more than one storm as he contemplates calls for a general elections.

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Public anger at last December's waist deep floods remains fresh.

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Ismail Sabri was the ninth leader of the nation just over a decade ago. He is now in the precarious situation of being the first prime minster who isn't the head of any political party.

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The party claims it is optimistic that it has gained support in the wake of its shocking loss in 2018.

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Top Party leaders also face corruption charges, which critics believe could be dismissed if Umno is again in power.

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Since March, the party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has made it clear that an electoral vote should be called in this year, rather than 2023 when the term of the parliamentary term expires.

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Ismail Sabri, however, has stressed that his priorities include stemming inflation and helping the Covid-hit economic recovery.

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Last month, the prime minister told party leaders that elections "will not take place in 2023", but he did not commit to a particular time.

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