Malaysia election: Kedah chief faces tough battle to hold on to state for Barisan Nasional

Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah riding pillion (right) behind Minister of Rural and Regional Development Ismail Sabri Yaakob while visiting Alor Setar voters.
Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah riding pillion (right) behind Minister of Rural and Regional Development Ismail Sabri Yaakob while visiting Alor Setar voters.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD

He is up against ex-PM Mahathir and son in home state as he fights for rural Malay vote

Kedah Menteri Besar Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah probably has one of the toughest jobs in Malaysia's general election, to lead the ruling Barisan Nasional charge against former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and his son Mukhriz, in the northern battleground state.

As the May 9 poll approaches, the 67-year-old has been tirelessly working the ground to ensure that the Malay-majority state will not fall into the hands of opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan, led by Kedah-born Tun Mahathir.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 22, 2018, with the headline 'Kedah chief faces tough battle to hold on to state for BN'. Print Edition | Subscribe