Najib v Muhyiddin: Melaka can make or break rival comeback bids

The bitter rivalry of former premiers Najib Razak and Muhyiddin Yassin dates back to 2015 after they clashed over 1MDB. PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, MUHYIDDIN YASSIN/FACEBOOK
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KUALA LUMPUR - The battle for Melaka has pitted two recently deposed prime ministers against each other in what could be a crucial bellwether of their bids to return to the top of Malaysian politics.

Immediate past premier Muhyiddin Yassin has openly said that he could be back in his old job. His former boss Najib Razak is still widely influential in the ruling Umno, and intends to contest the next general election despite a graft conviction - which bans him from running for office - and dozens of charges being heard in relation to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

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