Kelantan and Sabah, two of Malaysia's most impoverished and fiercely parochial states, provide a study in contrasts for the ruling Barisan Nasional's (BN) main party - the United Malays National Organisation (Umno) - in the upcoming polls.
After more than two decades in the opposition at the state level, Umno is emerging as the favoured underdog in the battle for political dominance in Kelantan, where voters appear poised to reject the country's main Islamic party, Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS).
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