Malaysia election: Mahathir factor may turn tide for opposition in Langkawi

Langkawi is a Barisan Nasional stronghold and has never fallen into the hands of the opposition, but three-cornered fight is expected between BN, Islamist party PAS, and four-party opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan, led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
A 138m-tall tower called Maha Tower is being built in Langkawi as part of a commercial development in Kuah, the island's main town. Tun Mahathir Mohamad attended the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2013.
A 138m-tall tower called Maha Tower is being built in Langkawi as part of a commercial development in Kuah, the island's main town. Tun Mahathir Mohamad attended the groundbreaking ceremony in November 2013.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD

He is credited with transforming the backwater into tourist haven

Wearing traditional Malay attire, Prime Minister Najib Razak smiles brightly from posters displayed on the streets of Malaysia's popular holiday island of Langkawi.

During Chinese New Year, he travelled there to serve up generous goodies: a RM1.315 billion (S$445 million) development budget to expand a government hospital, build a new fire and rescue station, expand an airport road and improve water supply.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir factor may turn tide for opposition in Langkawi'. Print Edition | Subscribe