General election could push Malaysia into uncharted waters

Polls could result in hung Parliament, giving rise to political jockeying and new alliances

Malaysia's upcoming polls are shaping up to be an electoral contest like no other since independence in 1957, and could take the country into uncharted political waters.

While the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) headed by Prime Minister Najib Razak is set to emerge with the largest block of seats in the 222-member Parliament, politicians and analysts are divided whether the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition that the party leads will be able to secure enough seats to establish a simple majority and form the next government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 08, 2018, with the headline 'General election could push Malaysia into uncharted waters'. Print Edition | Subscribe