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Malaysia election: Digital battle shaping up between Najib and Mahathir

More than halfway into the campaign for the May 9 General Election,voters are zooming in to focus on the two prime ministerial candidates - incumbent Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his mentor-turned-nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This is reflected not just in terms of the amped-up fanfare that greets them when they make an appearance but also online, with Facebook Live streams achieving audiences in the tens of thousands as Malaysians try to decide whether to extend Barisan Nasional's (BN) six-decade tenure onpower or put their faith in the opposition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 05, 2018, with the headline 'Digital battle shaping up between two leaders'. Print Edition | Subscribe