Malaysia Votes 2018

Malaysia election: BN's 'power grab' in Perak still rankles - Opposition

The opposition Pakatan Harapan pact believes that voter anger over the Barisan Nasional move that was orchestrated by then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak - just two months before he became premier - still lingers today.
The opposition Pakatan Harapan pact believes that voter anger over the Barisan Nasional move that was orchestrated by then Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak - just two months before he became premier - still lingers today. ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

IPOH • In March 2008, for the first time in Perak's history, Barisan Nasional (BN) lost control of the state assembly to the opposition, securing only 28 seats against the opposition's 31.

But just 11 months later, BN claimed back power when three assemblymen defected from then opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat to become independents.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'BN's 'power grab' in Perak still rankles: Opposition'. Print Edition | Subscribe