Poor villagers in Langkawi mull over who will be the best caretaker

Langkawi is a Barisan Nasional stronghold and has never fallen into the hands of the opposition, but three-cornered fight is expected between BN, Islamist party PAS, and four-party opposition alliance Pakatan Harapan, led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The village is poverty-striken and neglected. Electricity is wired to homes through overloaded power strips and tangled extension cords, and heaps of empty water bottles and food waste clog the coastline. Blue BN flags and red PPBM flags at the entra
Blue BN flags and red PPBM flags at the entrance of Kampung Bukit Malut in Langkawi. Dr Mahathir has urged the BN stronghold to switch sides, pointing to a fire three years ago, the victims of which are still living in tents. Meanwhile, the government has given the fire victims money, as well as allocated a budget for the village to build a mosque and electricity and water supply.ST PHOTOS: ARLINA ARSHAD
The village is poverty-striken and neglected. Electricity is wired to homes through overloaded power strips and tangled extension cords, and heaps of empty water bottles and food waste clog the coastline. Blue BN flags and red PPBM flags at the entra
The village is poverty-striken and neglected. Electricity is wired to homes through overloaded power strips and tangled extension cords, and heaps of empty water bottles and food waste clog the coastline.

With its haphazard maze of shabby houses and broken roads, Kampung Bukit Malut in Langkawi stands in stark contrast to the island's pristine beaches and calm blue sea.

Water flows weakly from taps and electricity is wired to homes through tangled extension cords.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 28, 2018, with the headline 'Poor villagers mull over who will be the best caretaker'. Print Edition | Subscribe