Malaysia election: Candidates hit the campaign trail, making pitches to voters

Prime Minister Najib Razak (top) attending a Teachers' Day celebration in Pekan, Pahang, and former premier Mahathir Mohamad (bottom) posing for photos with people at Pasar Kuah in Langkawi.
Prime Minister Najib Razak (top) attending a Teachers' Day celebration in Pekan, Pahang, and former premier Mahathir Mohamad (bottom) posing for photos with people at Pasar Kuah in Langkawi.PHOTOS: FACEBOOK/NAJIB RAZAK, KUA CHEE SIONG
Above: Former premier Mahathir Mohamad posing for photos with people yesterday at Pasar Kuah in Langkawi, Kedah. He is contesting the seat for the first time but is no stranger to residents, with many crediting him with transforming the island into a
Prime Minister Najib Razak attending a Teachers' Day celebration yesterday at DRB-Hicom University of Automotive in Pekan, Pahang. He won the seat by a majority of over 35,000 votes in the last election and is expected to prevail in a four-way fight.PHOTO: FACEBOOK/NAJIB RAZAK
Above: Former premier Mahathir Mohamad posing for photos with people yesterday at Pasar Kuah in Langkawi, Kedah. He is contesting the seat for the first time but is no stranger to residents, with many crediting him with transforming the island into a
Former premier Mahathir Mohamad posing for photos with people yesterday at Pasar Kuah in Langkawi, Kedah. He is contesting the seat for the first time but is no stranger to residents, with many crediting him with transforming the island into a tourist hub.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

Najib goes around his seat of 42 years, Pekan, while Mahathir meets residents in Langkawi

From markets to community halls to cultural festivals, candidates in Malaysia's 14th general election made the most of every moment they had on the first full day of campaigning yesterday, in a bid to cover as much ground as possible and win voters' hearts and minds in the lead-up to the May 9 polls.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who heads the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that won 133 of the 222 seats in the federal Parliament in the last election, went around his seat of 42 years, Pekan, in Pahang.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 30, 2018, with the headline 'Candidates hit the campaign trail, making pitches to voters'. Print Edition | Subscribe