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Why new Malaysian govt must heed MA63 rallying cry

Nationalist sentiments in Sabah and Sarawak over broken promises in 1963 federation agreement won't go away

While the world is trying to explain how former Malaysian premier Najib Razak and his behemoth party Umno lost the support of the Malay community on May 9, a key part of the shock election outcome has received scant attention.

I am referring to the election results in Sabah and Sarawak in East Malaysia.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Why new Malaysian govt must heed MA63 rallying cry'. Print Edition | Subscribe