Malaysia votes 2018

KELANTAN: Target: PAS fortress

Election flags in Kota Baru, Kelantan. It is unclear whether Kelantanese voters will remain faithful to PAS or defect to BN.
Election flags in Kota Baru, Kelantan. It is unclear whether Kelantanese voters will remain faithful to PAS or defect to BN.PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

After 28 years under the fundamentalist Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), there is talk that predominantly Malay Kelantan may return to Prime Minister Najib Razak's Barisan Nasional (BN). But it is going to be a tough fight.

There are 14 parliamentary seats up for grabs. The Kelantan state assembly has 45 seats, with half of these won by 55 per cent of the vote, or lower.

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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 'KELANTAN: Target: PAS fortress '. Print Edition | Subscribe