11 Apr '11, 7am

Malaysia's govt accused of bribing Borneo voters: Canned sardines are so passé. Learn from us! #sgelections

KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIAN opposition officials accused the ruling coalition on Monday of bribing poor indigenous communities on Borneo island with canned sardines, roofing materials and mattresses ahead of a key state election. The allegations are part of an increasingly heated tussle ahead of an April 16 state legislature election in eastern Sarawak state, which has been a government stronghold for decades. The ballot could determine whether Prime Minister Najib Razak commands enough support to call for a snap national election soon. Allegations of graft against Sarawak state chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud's 30-year rule and anger among the state's indigenous tribes over what they perceive as economic marginalisation are key themes in the opposition's effort to erode the ruling National Front coalition's grip in Borneo. Baru Bian, a leading state opposition politician, c...

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