Barisan Nasional (BN) has set its sights on winning back Malaysia's richest state Selangor but it will be an uphill battle to prise it from opposition Pakatan Harapan's firm 10-year grip. In BN's favour is the prospect of three-cornered fights and a hefty federal budget with which to woo voters.
BN holds only 12 of the 56 seats in the state assembly, but PH's previous generous majority of 42 seats has been eroded to just 29, after the departure of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) from the opposition pact. PAS will not only split the opposition Malay vote - resulting in a favourable outcome to BN - it could team up with BN after the polls to dislodge the incumbent state government.
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