Malaysia election: Early Barisan Nasional candidate list aborted over fears of internal sabotage

People take photos near flags of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on April 10, 2018.
People take photos near flags of the ruling party, Barisan Nasional, in Putrajaya, Malaysia, on April 10, 2018.PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak spent much of the last 10 days locked in discussions with BN leaders.
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak spent much of the last 10 days locked in discussions with BN leaders. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's plan to unveil candidates for Barisan Nasional (BN) soon after dissolving Parliament has been ditched to avoid the risk of internal sabotage, after the ruling coalition sensed unrest among its core Malay support.

His Umno-led coalition was set to storm into its election campaign with a hat-trick of big pronouncements earlier this month - dissolution of Parliament on April 6, the launch of the BN manifesto on April 7 and the appointment of candidates just days later.

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