Malaysia Votes 2018

Malaysia election: Perak hangs in balance as parties go on offensive

Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir lacing up his shoes in preparation for a campaign video shoot. The ruling BN coalition's strategy in the state centres on his popularity across all ethnic groups.
Perak Menteri Besar Zambry Abdul Kadir lacing up his shoes in preparation for a campaign video shoot. The ruling BN coalition's strategy in the state centres on his popularity across all ethnic groups.ST PHOTO: SHANNON TEOH

MCA's resurgence among Chinese voters gives BN hope it can regain support

The small town of Kampar, Perak, saw a surprisingly huge turnout at a rally last week held by the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA), a member party of the ruling coalition that has seen dwindling support over the last 10 years.

Over a thousand residents crowded the town square on Monday last week ahead of campaigning for Malaysia's May 9 polls, a rare sight that shocked even some within Barisan Nasional (BN), as former deputy foreign minister and MCA vice-president Lee Chee Leong went on the stump in a bid to win back the ward that was once a stronghold for the ruling coalition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'Perak hangs in balance as parties go on offensive'. Print Edition | Subscribe