Malaysia GE special edition: All you need to know

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has just announced that Parliament will be dissolved tomorrow, paving the way for the country's 14th general election that has to be held within 60 days. Here are some highlights of The Straits Times' special coverage. Do also check out our microsite str.sg/malaysiaGE.

Malaysia's Parliament to be dissolved on Saturday, paving way for all-out election battle: Najib


Prime Minister Najib Razak was given an audience by the King on Friday morning (April 6) ahead of a Cabinet meeting, reported The Star, before making the announcement live on national television at 12.15pm. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM LIVESTREAM

The Election Commission will now decide the date for the polls, which has to be held within 60 days of the dissolution.

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Malaysia elections: What are the issues at stake?


Voters queuing to place their votes at Gelang Patah School on the polling day for Malaysia General Elections on May 5, 2013. PHOTO: ST FILE

Here are the key areas that could win the upcoming election battle for the ruling Barisan Nasional or the opposition Pakatan Harapan.

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The weekly newsletter is part of The Straits Times' efforts to ramp up its coverage of developments across Asia and globally. 

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Interactive graphics: Malaysia's election and the state of play

At the heart of Malaysia’s 14th general election is this question: Can the ruling coalition win back votes lost in the last two polls?  

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Lunch with Sumiko: Mahathir Mohamad's unfinished business as Malaysia gears up for election


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at The Loaf bakery-cafe in Cyberjaya last Wednesday. He now leads Malaysia's opposition alliance and his schedule in the run-up to the general election has been punishing. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

At 92, Malaysia's former prime minister is fighting the strangest electoral battle of his life.

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Controversial steps to bolster Barisan Nasional's position could backfire


PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

The pre-emptive strikes by PM Najib could backfire as they appear to reveal signs of weakness within the Umno-led government.

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Umno's plans to field new faces in Malaysia elections lead to pushback


Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak raises the United Malays National Organisation flag beside his deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi during its general assembly in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Dec 7, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Party's division chiefs are lobbying to safeguard their positions and promote their own preferences.

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Ahead of polls, Najib steps out of Mahathir's long shadow


PHOTO: THE STAR/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK 

In recent speeches, PM Najib has decried policies implemented by his predecessor Dr Mahathir from 1981 to 2003.

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Not game over yet for Malaysia opposition despite new electoral maps, say analysts


The crowd at opposition group Pakatan Harapan's rally in Perlis last Friday. Its leaders are hoping for a "Malay tsunami", in which Malay voters opt en masse for the opposition. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/LIEW CHIN TONG

The new electoral maps could backfire on the ruling coalition if enough Malay voters switch sides in the upcoming elections.

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ST forum to discuss Malaysia's 14th General Election

Issues relating to Malaysia's general election will be addressed by three speakers at the ST Global Outlook Forum on April 19.

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