Malaysia votes

Malaysia election: Which way will voters sway?

Malaysians go to polls on May 9, and boat owners in Penang have nailed their colours to the mast. Polls by two opposition-linked think-tanks point to a narrower win for BN this time.
Malaysians go to polls on May 9, and boat owners in Penang have nailed their colours to the mast. Polls by two opposition-linked think-tanks point to a narrower win for BN this time.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The election is expected to be the closest ever, but unseating BN will require a bigger swing by a stuttering opposition

These are anxious days for Prime Minister Najib Razak, with the opposition snapping at his heels.

Ever since he began hinting of an election back in 2016, every analyst in town had been confident he would be given another five years at the helm despite Malaysians grumbling over economic hardships and the headline-grabbing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'Malaysia votes Which way will voters sway?'. Print Edition | Subscribe