Mahathir's new party faces uphill battle to win Perak by-election

Pejuang up against alliance of PAS and Umno in Slim constituency, an Umno stronghold

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaking at a rally in Slim River, Perak, yesterday. He was campaigning for Islamic lawyer Amir Kusyairi Mohd Tanusi, the Parti Pejuang Tanah Air candidate in tomorrow's by-election. ST PHOTO: HAZLIN HASSAN
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaking at a rally in Slim River, Perak, yesterday. He was campaigning for Islamic lawyer Amir Kusyairi Mohd Tanusi, the Parti Pejuang Tanah Air candidate in tomorrow's by-election. ST PHOTO: HAZLIN HASSAN

Malaysia's newest political party led by statesman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is facing an uphill battle in a by-election in a rural district in Perak state.

The Slim state constituency, about an hour's drive north of Kuala Lumpur, is an Umno stronghold, with the party working well with its partner, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), to canvass for votes on the ground.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2020, with the headline 'Mahathir's new party faces uphill battle to win Perak by-election'. Subscribe