Malaysia Votes 2018

Malaysia election: Najib, Mahathir rally crowds in bid to swing Malay vote

Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) at the rally in Gombak Setia in Kuala Lumpur, and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the PH rally in Desa Pandan, Titiwangsa ward.
Prime Minister Najib Razak (left) at the rally in Gombak Setia in Kuala Lumpur, and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at the PH rally in Desa Pandan, Titiwangsa ward.PHOTOS: ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR, BERNAMA

Both hold huge rallies in KL, to sway voters likely to return to home towns to cast ballots

Prime Minister Najib Razak and his chief rival Mahathir Mohamad both held huge rallies minutes apart in the nation's capital yesterday evening.

They were hoping to swing not just important parliamentary seats in Kuala Lumpur, but also voters from the Malay majority who are likely to return to their home towns and influence the May 9 vote nationally.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 02, 2018, with the headline 'Najib, Mahathir rally crowds in bid to swing Malay vote'. Print Edition | Subscribe