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Umno flounders as PAS gains Malay support in Malaysia

Analysts rule out a long-term pact between the two opposition parties as they are competing for same voters

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The recent by-elections in Pakatan Harapan (PH) stronghold state Selangor were remarkable not so much for which party won them, but for how the losers stacked up.

Malaysia's ruling coalition PH successfully defended all three seats - in Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong - brushing off former ruling party Umno, former ally Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) and the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) respectively in straight fights.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 14, 2018, with the headline Umno flounders as PAS gains Malay support in Malaysia. Subscribe