Malaysia election: Public anger will work against BN, says ex-finance minister Daim Zainuddin

Malaysia’s former finance minister Daim Zainuddin declared this week that he is backing the opposition Pakatan Harapan alliance. The Straits Times speaks to him about his decision.

Former finance minister Daim Zainuddin, often referred to as the "Oracle" by admirers because of his accurate prediction of the outcomes of previous elections, has said that Malaysia's ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) may be defeated in next week's general election.

Tun Daim, who created ripples this week by declaring his backing for Malaysia's main opposition coalition, said yesterday that Prime Minister Najib Razak's administration had underestimated widespread public anger over the rising cost of living and corruption in government.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 04, 2018, with the headline 'Public anger will work against BN, says Daim'. Print Edition | Subscribe