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Twist in Malaysia election drama with Daim backing opposition

Political observers divided over why he has backed Mahathir, as it could prove costly

Malaysia's unfolding election drama took a major twist this week when Tun Daim Zainuddin, the country's powerful former finance minister, declared that he was backing the opposition alliance and called on Malaysians to remove the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition government.

Mr Daim's support for the Pakatan Harapan coalition, which is led by his chief patron Mahathir Mohamad, has made political observers sit up. But they are divided over why he has done so.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Twist in election drama with Daim backing opposition'. Print Edition | Subscribe