Malaysia Votes 2018

Malaysia election: Mahathir pulls in crowds, but will he bring in votes?

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad taking the stage at the Putrajaya rally on Thursday, where he aimed his message at the ward's largely civil servant population. Some came from as far as Subang Jaya 30km away to see him.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad taking the stage at the Putrajaya rally on Thursday, where he aimed his message at the ward's largely civil servant population. Some came from as far as Subang Jaya 30km away to see him.ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR

Across the country over the past week, Malaysians have flocked to rallies held by the three main parties. Our correspondents report.

In a dimly lit row of ramshackle foodstalls, Ms Hasnidah Jamaluddin sips her iced tea as she watches people trickle into her neighbourhood playground to attend yet another ceramah, or political rally, in Pantai Dalam, a lower-income suburb in south Kuala Lumpur.

She has lived in a low-cost flat nearby for most of her 31 years and is jaded by election promises. She says politicians are rarely on the ground to deal with residents' woes like urine-soaked lifts and general safety.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'Parties rally the voters: Mahathir pulls in crowds, but will he bring in votes?'. Print Edition | Subscribe