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Controversial steps to bolster Barisan Nasional's position could backfire

These last few days have seen the Najib administration launch a raft of efforts to secure maximum advantage in an election expected within a month.

Electoral maps seen as favouring the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition and a controversial anti-fake news Bill were fast-tracked through Parliament, while former premier Mahathir Mohamad's party was suspended, and jailed opposition icon Anwar Ibrahim denied access to his lawyer.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 06, 2018, with the headline 'Controversial steps to bolster BN's position could backfire'. Print Edition | Subscribe