Barisan Nasional grapples with public relations challenge as Malaysia elections loom

Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor arriving in Manila last year. They confronted sensitive topics about them in a closed-door session with a hand-picked audience last month, but the scandal around 1Malaysia Development Berhad was l
Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor arriving in Manila last year. They confronted sensitive topics about them in a closed-door session with a hand-picked audience last month, but the scandal around 1Malaysia Development Berhad was left untouched.PHOTO: REUTERS

It is a talk show that has been recorded, but remains under wraps.

It comprised a hand-picked audience and Malaysia's top stand-up comedian Harith Iskander as host, with Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor confronting almost every touchy topic surrounding them.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2018, with the headline 'BN grapples with public relations challenge as elections loom'. Print Edition | Subscribe