Malaysia Votes 2018

Malaysia election: Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan coalition narrows gap with ruling BN at half-time

Flags of Barisan Nasional, Parti Keadilan Rakyat - which is part of Pakatan Harapan - and Parti Islam SeMalaysia fluttering over a night market in Permatang Pauh, Penang, on Tuesday.
Flags of Barisan Nasional, Parti Keadilan Rakyat - which is part of Pakatan Harapan - and Parti Islam SeMalaysia fluttering over a night market in Permatang Pauh, Penang, on Tuesday.ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

PAS losing ground as Malay voters switch to backing Mahathir's alliance: Opinion polls

As the campaign for Malaysia's heated general election enters its halfway mark today, the latest opinion polls indicate that Prime Minister Najib Razak remains well placed to retain power, but former PM Mahathir Mohamad is also inching closer to ending Barisan Nasional's (BN) six decades in power.

The survey of voters by leading opinion research house Merdeka Center, conducted after candidates were formally nominated last Saturday, also shows that the biggest loser is Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), which appears to have "overextended itself" as a third choice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Pakatan narrows gap with BN at half-time'. Print Edition | Subscribe