PAS' stance may split votes in next Malaysia polls

•Malaysia's opposition Islamist party, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), is confident of going it alone at the next general election.

PAS leaders say they could win an ambitious 40 of the 222 parliamentary seats and capture five of Malaysia's 13 states without any alliance.

This means the next election will likely see many three-cornered fights, with PAS and another opposition party fighting for the same seat against the ruling Barisan Nasional, and split votes for the opposition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2017, with the headline 'PAS' stance may split votes in next Malaysia polls'. Print Edition | Subscribe