Malaysia Votes 2018

Najib, Mahathir begin final campaign blitz

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returned to Langkawi yesterday for his last push in the elections. He attended a community feast on the nearby islet of Tuba, where residents had fashioned a helicopter out of opposition party flags. When he was premier, they
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returned to Langkawi yesterday for his last push in the elections. He attended a community feast on the nearby islet of Tuba, where residents had fashioned a helicopter out of opposition party flags. When he was premier, they had made a boat to welcome him. To reflect modern times, they made a helicopter. ST PHOTO: ARLINA ASHAD
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad returned to Langkawi yesterday for his last push in the elections. He attended a community feast on the nearby islet of Tuba, where residents had fashioned a helicopter out of opposition party flags. When he was premier, they
PM Najib Razak with AirAsia boss Tony Fernandes (right) and the Barisan Nasional-themed jet that flew him to Kuala Lumpur. He wrote on his Facebook page: "As long as BN is in office, we will continue to support pioneering businesses such as AirAsia that benefit the people, bring Malaysians closer together, and fly the Malaysian flag high."PHOTO: NAJIB RAZAK/FACEBOOK

PM visits Sabah again while his rival returns to Langkawi

Prime Minister Najib Razak sought to seize the initiative from his rival, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, yesterday, as Malaysia's 14th general election enters its final day of campaigning today, appearing live on national television after jetting into battleground state Sabah for the second time during the 11-day official campaign period.

Dr Mahathir, 92, returned to Langkawi where he is contesting, after a week on the road that saw momentum swinging towards his Pakatan Harapan (PH) pact.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 08, 2018, with the headline 'Najib, Mahathir begin final campaign blitz '. Print Edition | Subscribe