16 Apr '11, 12pm

Opposition set for big gains in Malaysia state election

Opposition set for big gains in Malaysia state election

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's opposition appeared poised for major gains on Saturday, political analysts said, after voters went to the polls in resource-rich Sarawak state on Borneo island. The vote is seen as a test of popularity for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has dished out money for rural development, in what has been described as the most crucial poll since the 2008 general elections. Anwar Ibrahim's opposition Pakatan Rakyat alliance secured unprecedented gains in 2008, seizing five states and a third of parliamentary seats and threatening the Barisan Nasional's (BN) half-century grip on power. Those results forced Najib's predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to step down. The opposition is aiming for a repeat in Sarawak by denying the government a crucial two-thirds majority in the state that effectively allows the BN coalition to pass legislation without any obstruct...

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