Malaysians Braced for Election and its Aftermath

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak

FAR EAST CORRESPONDENT — Malaysians are widely expected to elect Prime Minister Najib Razak to another term in office when they go to the polls on Sunday, but any victory will fall far short of a ringing endorsement and could herald trouble ahead.

Najib’s United Malays National Organization (UMNO) – the pro-Malay lead political party in the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition – has never been as unpopular as it is going into this election, according to analysts, who have pointed out that an absence of independent and reliable opinion polls makes forecasting difficult.

Read more from Luke Hunt in The Diplomat.

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