Malaysia votes 2018

KEDAH: Three-way fight

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has support from Langkawi residents, who credit him with transforming it into a tourist hub.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has support from Langkawi residents, who credit him with transforming it into a tourist hub. PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN

Several states are set to see close fights or play key roles in the election. The Straits Times’ correspondents and observers on the ground give their take on how these battles might shape up.

The state known as Malaysia's ricebowl will see many three-cornered fights, but the real showdown is between Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan (PH).

The return of former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad to lead PH in the election has evoked a sense of nostalgia among Kedahans. A much-loved and respected figure, many consider him the best person to take on Prime Minister Najib Razak and fix governance wrongs.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'KEDAH: Three-way fight '. Print Edition | Subscribe