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Supporters of Anwar’s coalition torn over PH getting in bed with the enemy, BN

Pakatan Harapan chief Anwar Ibrahim arriving at the Seri Pacific Hotel in Kuala Lumpur for a meeting with Barisan Nasional leaders on Nov 21, 2022. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
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KUALA LUMPUR - When photographs of leaders from Malaysia’s opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan (PH) and former ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) sitting together in apparent bonhomie went viral on Monday, supporters from both sides of the political divide must have been more than surprised.

PH won the highest number of parliamentary seats, but the 82 wins fell short of the simple majority needed to form a government. A pact with Umno-led BN, which won 30 seats, would help it meet the required threshold of 112 seats.

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