State of Malaysia's political parties

Fractured opposition finding its feet

Umno-PAS cooperation for Malay vote won them 3 by-elections against Pakatan Harapan

Barisan Nasional candidate and acting Umno president Mohamad Hasan (left) with the president of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), Mr Abdul Hadi Awang, campaigning for the Rantau state seat by-election last month, which BN won against Prime Minister Mahat
Barisan Nasional candidate and acting Umno president Mohamad Hasan (left) with the president of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), Mr Abdul Hadi Awang, campaigning for the Rantau state seat by-election last month, which BN won against Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's Pakatan Harapan. PHOTO: BERNAMA
Mr Zakaria Hanafi (centre), Barisan Nasional's candidate for the Semenyih state assembly seat, celebrating his by-election victory on March 2 with fellow opposition party members, including Najib Razak (behind him). The polls result showed a big Mala
Mr Zakaria Hanafi (centre), Barisan Nasional's candidate for the Semenyih state assembly seat, celebrating his by-election victory on March 2 with fellow opposition party members, including Najib Razak (behind him). The polls result showed a big Malay swing back to Umno. PHOTO: BERNAMA
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Former ruling party Umno is still licking its wounds after being trounced at the polls in May last year, but it has been buoyed by three recent by-election wins thanks to new opposition ally Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS).

"The dynamics on the ground is very different now that we've won the by-elections," former Umno president Najib Razak told The Sunday Times on Thursday, on the sidelines of his corruption trial. "There's a sense that Umno still has a future."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 05, 2019, with the headline Fractured opposition finding its feet. Subscribe