Malaysia Votes 2018

Hometown incumbent, ex-Umno leader face off in Sg Besar

Malaysia goes to the polls on May 9. Fellow at ISEAS - Yusof Ishak Institute Norshahril Saat and ST's foreign editor Zakir Hussain discuss the possible outcomes of the watershed election and political figures to look out for.
A motorcyclist making his way down a lane decorated with party flags in Sekinchan, a town in Selangor parliamentary ward Sungai Besar. Observers say the ward, held by BN after it won a 2016 by-election comfortably, could see a result closer to that i
A motorcyclist making his way down a lane decorated with party flags in Sekinchan, a town in Selangor parliamentary ward Sungai Besar. Observers say the ward, held by BN after it won a 2016 by-election comfortably, could see a result closer to that in the 2013 polls, when BN scraped through with a 399-vote victory. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Close fight expected as party defector could sway voters despite BN goodies for residents

Sekinchan town is known as a peaceful outpost of padi farmers and fishermen, but it morphs into a busy hive during election season.

In the run-up to Malaysia's general election today, villagers have been inundated with political rallies, a free concert and a lucky draw offering RM25,000 (S$8,500) in cash and a motorcycle.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2018, with the headline 'Hometown incumbent, ex-Umno leader face off in Sg Besar'. Print Edition | Subscribe