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Election outcome shows that a Malay tsunami swept all before it

It now seems there was a Malay tsunami after all. Malaysia's most keenly-fought general election has seen opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) pulling significantly ahead of Barisan Nasional (BN), in spite of the odds against it.

PH also added several states to the two it currently governs, Penang and Selangor, putting a majority of the country's 13 states in opposition hands for the first time.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'Election outcome shows that a Malay tsunami swept all before it'. Print Edition | Subscribe