Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Malaysia's opposition make strong early gains: unofficial tallies


    Agence France-Presse

Kuala Lumpur   /   Wed, May 9, 2018   /   10:25 pm
Malaysia's opposition make strong early gains: unofficial tallies Former Malaysian Prime Minister and candidate for opposition Alliance Of Hope, Mahathir Mohamad, waves to his supporters after his nomination, on Langkawi island, Malaysia April 28, 2018. (Reuters/Lai Seng Sin)

Malaysia's opposition alliance led by veteran ex-leader Mahathir Mohamad was making early gains in Wednesday's hard-fought election against the long-ruling coalition, according to unofficial tallies.

The ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition had won 34 parliamentary seats, while opposition alliance Pact of Hope was on 40, according to a count on the website of the pro-government Star newspaper.

The opposition gained several new seats in Sarawak state, a traditional BN stronghold, according to state-run Bernama news agency.

Some key figures in the coalition had fallen, with the heads of the ethnic Chinese and ethnic Indian parties having lost their seats, according to unofficial counts on Bernama.

Official results on the Election Commission website showed BN with 20 seats, with two parties in the opposition alliance -- People's Justice Party and the Democratic Action Party -- on six seats each.

There are 222 seats in parliament, and 112 are needed for victory at the election with a simple majority. BN currently has 133.

The election race has been one of the most closely contested in Malaysia's history, with Mahathir, 92, coming out of retirement to take on his former protege Najib, who has been embroiled in a massive corruption scandal.