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Who will govern Malaysia? 5 possible outcomes from the election

The prospect of multi-cornered battles means that a few percentage point improvements in marginal seats can swing the election outcome. PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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KUALA LUMPUR - With just two full days of campaigning left in Malaysia’s 15th General Election, the mood in the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) is a far cry from the confidence displayed when caretaker Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob dissolved Parliament on Oct 10.

Then, Umno was projecting a return to dominance after it suffered a shock defeat in 2018 that ended its six-decade grip on power. But based on several sentiment polls a week into the campaign, it is opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Pakatan Harapan (PH) that appears to be the most popular of the three main coalitions vying for power.

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