Umno faces challenge as fund raising for Malaysian polls moves into high gear

Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi addressing party members at a special briefing in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 27, 2022. PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK
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KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's ruling party Umno, long accustomed to easy access to finance, is facing an uphill task of raising funds ahead of national polls because of its diminished clout in an increasingly fractured political landscape.

Prospective donors have told The Straits Times that they are inclined to also support some opposition parties to hedge their bets, as no single party is expected to win a majority of seats in the next election.

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