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Malaysia’s state elections: Which states to look out for?

BENEDICT LOPEZ

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Six Malaysian states will be heading to the polls very soon. The vote is on 12 Aug, and on 29 July, candidates filed their nomination papers before starting their campaigning.

Observers say the state polls will be a test of support for Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s “unity government”.

Selangor is the biggest state with more than 3.7 million residents. It’s expected to be most fiercely fought, with the outcome closely scrutinised.

Dr Johan Saravanamuttu, an adjunct senior fellow with the Malaysia studies programme at S Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), tells Channel News Asia how significant the green wave is in the industrial state.

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  5. Lawan rasuah dan kronisme
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Dr Johan Saravanamuttu, a long-time Aliran member, is emeritus professor at Universiti Sains Malaysia, adjunct professor at the Asia Europe Institute, University of Malaya and adjunct senior fellow at the S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University. He believes in politics as a vocation but is frustrated that it is often the refuge of opportunists and the morally depraved
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