Najib delays naming of candidates amid risk of party dissent

PM in talks with BN leaders as fears emerge that those not fielded will sabotage coalition

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 21, 2018, with the headline 'Najib delays naming of candidates amid risk of party dissent'. Print Edition | Subscribe