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New parties set up in Malaysia in battle for millions of first-time voters

Parti Kuasa Rakyat leader Kamaruzaman Yaakob (left) and Malaysian United Democratic Alliance co-founder Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman. PHOTOS: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK, SYED SADDIQ SYED ABDUL RAHMAN/FACEBOOK
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KUALA LUMPUR - Despite record low turnouts in two consecutive state elections last year, new political parties are emerging in Malaysia with an eye on a share of millions of first-time voters.

These new parties, many with young politicians, are also looking to fill a leadership vacuum created by public dissatisfaction over how successive federal governments have performed.

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