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When Bata meets Birkin, fashion mixes with politics

While Mahathir wins praise for humble sandals, luxury bags seized in Najib raids astound nation

Politics met fashion last week in Malaysia, adding to the post-election drama that has kept many riveted.

Let's call it Bata v Birkin.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 20, 2018, with the headline 'When Bata meets Birkin, fashion mixes with politics'. Print Edition | Subscribe