Worrying signals from the Malay heartland for Pakatan govt

Former Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had been unsure about whether he wanted to be part of the increasingly cosy ties between Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) and Umno.

But a chance meeting with Kedah Umno politician Suraya Yaacob during the Rantau by-election campaign last month helped change his mind.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2019, with the headline 'Worrying signals from the Malay heartland for Pakatan govt'. Print Edition | Subscribe