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'Go Home to Vote': Malaysian Twitter Users, Firms Offer to Pay Travel Costs

With a general election called for midweek on May 9, Malaysians took to social media on Tuesday to offer funding to help people return to their home towns to vote, while some companies offered employees days off. The election could prove to be the toughest test of the ruling coalition's 61-year grip on power, with embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak under pressure to deliver an emphatic win. Najib is struggling to appease Malaysians unhappy with rising costs and a multi-billion-dollar scandal at a state fund he founded. The 64-year-old leader is expected to retain power, but analysts predict a tough fight from his old mentor and the country's most seasoned campaigner, former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is a spry 92. Opposition leaders and rights activists said the Wednesday polling date would probably dent voter turnout and benefit the ruling Barisan Nasional. The government has not yet called a public...

 

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