Most Malaysian Chinese voted PH in polls, but Malays in 3-way split

Malay loyalty roughly divided between BN, PAS and PH, according to pollster estimates

Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on May 10. The Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance secured a historic win in last month's general election. Analysts and politicians say the three-way split in Malay support - divided between Barisan Na
Supporters of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Kuala Lumpur on May 10. The Pakatan Harapan (PH) alliance secured a historic win in last month's general election. Analysts and politicians say the three-way split in Malay support - divided between Barisan Nasional, Parti Islam SeMalaysia and PH - has big implications for Malaysia in the coming years, as there will be a battle for their loyalty by the three political factions.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Malaysian Chinese voters overwhelmingly voted for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in last month's general election, helping the four-party alliance secure a big victory.

And while many Malays voted for PH too, the total number from Malaysia's majority ethnic group was split three ways, early estimates by pollster Merdeka Center found.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2018, with the headline 'Most Malaysian Chinese voted PH in polls, but Malays in 3-way split'. Subscribe