Malaysia's PM hopes to survive most hotly contested elections

May 01 2013
The Guardian

Barisan Nasional coalition has led Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957 but faces real challenge in Sunday's polls

They are scandals that would spell political death for almost any government leader: allegations of ministerial corruption, a botched handling of a bloody insurgency, widespread accusations of electoral fraud and a murky case involving submarines and large sums of money.

Q&A: Malaysia elections

May 01 2013
BBC Asia

Malaysians are voting on 5 May in a general election expected to be the tightest in the country's history.

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN, National Front) coalition has held power since independence in 1957.

But it suffered its worst result in decades in the last elections in 2008, ceding five state governments to the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR) coalition.

It also lost a two-thirds majority in parliament for the first time.

Ensure BN Gets More Than Two-thirds Majority, Dr M Urges Malaysians

Apr 30 2013

KUALA LUMPUR, April 30 (Bernama) -- Malaysians must ensure the Barisan Nasional (BN) is returned to power with a more than a two-thirds majority in parliament in Sunday's general election to enable the government to be in a strong position to govern the nation, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

The former prime minister said BN needed a resounding victory to facilitate coalition to implement all the policies that have been planned for the people's well-being and the nation's prosperity.

BN candidates list is final, no more changes, says Muhyiddin

Apr 19 2013
The Star

 Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the Barisan Nasional election candidate list is final and no more changes will be allowed.

He urged all component parties to throw their support for the candidates selected by the party leaders. He said he understands their frustration but urged them not to do anything rash.

Is it time for change in Malaysia?

Apr 05 2013
Al jazeera

The parliament in Malaysia has been dissolved and the gloves are off as political leaders gear up for a fight over corruption, discrimination and the cost of living.

Parliamentary polls will pit the National Front Coalition, which is in power since 1957, against a resurgent opposition. 

The ruling group has already been knocked back, suffering its worst ever results in 2008 elections. And it will not be plain sailing this time either.

Those living in south Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and Kalimantan not entitled to postal voting

Jan 21 2013
The Star

Malaysians living in south Thailand, Singapore, Brunei and in Kalimantan, Indonesia will have to return home to vote in the 13th general election, the Election Commission (EC) said.

EC secretary Datuk Kamaruddin Mohamed Baria said they were not entitled to the postal voting facilities for Malaysians living abroad. For south Thailand, those living in the Narathiwat, Pattani, Yala, Songkhla and Satun provinces would be affected.

EC to appoint observers from Asean for 13th General Election

Jan 16 2013
The Star Online

The Election Commission (EC) will appoint observers from several Asean countries to monitor the coming general election, said EC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

The EC, through a selected panel set up on the advice of Wisma Putra, was expected to appoint observers from Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar and Thailand, apart from several observers from the Asean secretariat itself, he said.

Rainbow rally lifts opposition in Malaysia

Jan 14 2013
Asia Times Online

In a run-up to highly anticipated national elections, an estimated 100,000 people supporting the political opposition thronged Merdeka Stadium in the national capital for a rally organizers referred to as a "people's uprising". 

Signaling a potential shift in government tack, unlike previous rallies where the call had been for reform of election rules and procedures, the event was not suppressed by security officials. 

Najib agonising over GE date and strategies

Dec 04 2012
Malaysia Kini

It is now almost three years since Najib Abdul Razak took over from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as prime minister.

He has performed a slew of legislative reforms, set out major economic and education plans but has not yet taken the step to call for Malaysia's 13th general election.

Following the timeframe the constitution sets out, Najib has the autonomy to call elections before April 21, after which the Elections Commission has the prerogative and must call elections within 60 days.

Only BN can give people a better future, says Najib

Dec 03 2012
The Borneo Post

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday called on the people to give their full mandate to the Barisan Nasional (BN) government for another five-year term to secure a better future for themselves and the country.

He said this was because the BN government had varied experience in administering the country since 55 years ago compared to the opposition pact which had no basic understanding in charting a good direction for the country.


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