There is a growing movement in Sabah and Sarawak for increased sovereignty or outright secession. Many feel the promises of federation haven't been delivered.
In a society built on the notion of racial and religious superiority, Najib’s verdict will be seen by many as a story of personal greed rather than a failure of the system.
The appointment of Muhyiddin Yassin as the new prime minister is a move away from democracy in Malaysia, and non-Malays and non-Muslims are likely to suffer for it.
With the 92-year-old returning to the prime ministership, Malaysians have a sense of optimism that the suspected "kleptocracy" under former leader Najib Razak will come to an end.
After 61 years, Malaysia has finally seen the opposition take control. What now?
With an election due by August, Malaysian politics has been spiced up – with a former prime minister re-entering the fray.