Malaysia election: Penang government popular despite graft claims

Penangites who spoke to The Straits Times narrowed down their priorities to an efficient state government and its ability to address bread-and-butter issues. They said they have seen the state transformed in the last 10 years, with cleaner public are
Penangites who spoke to The Straits Times narrowed down their priorities to an efficient state government and its ability to address bread-and-butter issues. They said they have seen the state transformed in the last 10 years, with cleaner public areas, better roads, more business opportunities and more financial aid for the needy.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

Penang voters look set to stick with their opposition-led state government in Malaysia's general election next month, despite corruption claims surrounding their Chief Minister, and a pledge by challenger Barisan Nasional (BN) to save the north-western state from over-development and floods.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Najib Razak, who leads BN, visited state capital George Town swinging a basket of promises, including toll-free passage for motorcyclists travelling between the mainland and Penang island, as well as thousands of low-cost homes, if the ruling coalition is voted in.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 17, 2018, with the headline 'Penang govt popular despite graft claims'. Print Edition | Subscribe