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Malaysia election: Four years after shock loss, Umno has been battered like never before

Barisan Nasional members at the World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 19, 2022. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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KUALA LUMPUR - Most Malaysians would never have imagined seeing Umno lose power in their lifetime.

So when it happened in 2018 for the first time in Malaysia’s six-decade history, it reverberated around the world, with pundits congratulating the nation for being a bright spark of democracy at a time when dictators were on the rise elsewhere.

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