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Malaysia's ruling elite faces tough poll test

Saturday, May 04, 2013 - 00:58

May 4 - Malaysia's long-ruling coalition faces what's arguably its closest run challenge in Sunday's general election. Simon Hanna reports.

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Kuala Lumpur is awash with campaign flags and posters on the eve of the Malaysia's 13th general elections. Election officials, volunteers and political party supporters made their final preparations on Saturday. Malaysia has been ruled by the Barisan Nasional coalition for 56 years - Ethnic Malays are its bedrock of support. The opposition gets big support young aspiring Malays and the ethnic Chinese and Indian minorities. It's been campaigning on the perception that an elite few have gained from the countries booming economy at the expense of the masses. (SOUNDBITE) (Bahasa Malaysia) ELECTION COMMISSION VOLUNTEER, ANAD RIWAN: "As a Malaysian, I hope we can get a government with a good mandate that can bring stability and prosperity to the country." With at least 2.6 million young first time voters expected to cast their ballots, campaigning for votes has been fierce. But many still predict the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition to win again, although with a reduced parliamentary majority.

Malaysia's ruling elite faces tough poll test

Saturday, May 04, 2013 - 00:58

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