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Malaysian election set for May 5th

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 01:17

April 10 - Election Commission says elections will be held in Malaysia on May 5th. Sarah Toms reports.

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After weeks of waiting, a date for Malaysia's general election is finally set, May 5. And already it's being touted as one of country's closest campaigns. The governing party has been in power for 56 years -- since independence. But the opposition has been gaining ground on a pledge to end corruption. Ruling Prime Minister Nijib Razak's has dubbed himself a "Prime Minister for All". (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER, NAJIB RAZAK SAYING: "One ballot for the National Front represents a vote to unite all races." But analysts say he has promised too much to too many. (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR OF INDEPENDENT POLLING FIRM MERDEKA CENTRE, IBRAHIM SUFFIAN SAYING: "This election by it being very competitive means that the opposition is actively seeking to chip away support for the ruling party from amongst the Malay Muslims as well. And that I think in many ways put him (Najib Razak) in a dangerous situation of trying to appease too many people and getting very little out of it." Opinion polls suggest a narrow win for Najib's National Front but still he faces intense pressure to return the party to its two-thirds majority, which was lost for the first time in 2008.

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Malaysian election set for May 5th

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 01:17