Disturbing signals from Cameron Highlands vote

Barisan Nasional's Ramli Mohd Nor won the Cameron Highlands by-election on the strength of Malay and Orang Asli votes, whereas his opponent's support came largely from the Chinese and Indians.PHOTO: THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

The Cameron Highlands by-election ought to have been a cautionary tale on what not to do in an election campaign.

The fact that it was held because of a corrupt act of money politics brought into sharp focus the need to play it by the rules.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 29, 2019, with the headline 'Disturbing signals from Cameron Highlands vote'. Subscribe