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Umno's contrasting fortunes in Kelantan and Sabah

Party makes headway in mainland state, but a setback in the other could affect it nationally

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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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 29, 2018, with the headline 'Umno's contrasting fortunes in Kelantan and Sabah'. Print Edition | Subscribe