Barisan denies links to data mining firm

Pedestrians walking past a line of Barisan Nasional flags and banner in Malaysia.
Pedestrians walking past a line of Barisan Nasional flags and banner in Malaysia.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

The Malaysian government yesterday denied any links to big data firm Cambridge Analytica after the firm claimed it supported Barisan Nasional's 2013 victorious polls campaign in Kedah.

Opposition members queried Prime Minister Najib Razak's role in employing the firm, but the administration pointed the finger at one of the opposition's own, former menteri besar Mukhriz Mahathir, who led the BN campaign in Kedah when he was still a member of Umno. Mr Mukhriz has denied any knowledge of the firm.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2018, with the headline 'Barisan denies links to data mining firm'. Print Edition | Subscribe