Mahathir to contest in BN stronghold Langkawi

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at the rally in Langkawi yesterday, which was attended by other senior opposition leaders and several thousand supporters. The Malay-majority island has never fallen into the hands of the oppo
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his wife Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali at the rally in Langkawi yesterday, which was attended by other senior opposition leaders and several thousand supporters. The Malay-majority island has never fallen into the hands of the opposition.ST PHOTO: ARLINA ARSHAD

Holiday island will be a key battleground to watch with a three-cornered fight brewing between BN, PH and PAS

Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad will be contesting in Langkawi in the May 9 general election, turning the popular holiday island and Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition's stronghold into a battleground to watch.

The announcement that Tun Dr Mahathir, 92, will be fielded in the parliamentary seat of Langkawi was made late yesterday by opposition leader Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at a political rally on the island.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 16, 2018, with the headline 'Mahathir to contest in BN stronghold Langkawi'. Print Edition | Subscribe