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The Malaysian Chinese vote: A seat at the table, or a new arrangement?

On a drizzly afternoon in one of the few dog-friendly parks in Kuala Lumpur, Mr Raymond Hong waits for customers to book a ride with him on the MyCar application. He lingers patiently by an artificial lake, but knits his brows in irritation when talking about the coming Malaysia election.

"I voted for the opposition in the last election, and nothing changed," said the 36-year-old. "This time, I will not vote. Better to keep driving and earn money."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'The Malaysian Chinese vote: A seat at the table, or a new arrangement?'. Print Edition | Subscribe