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Spotlight on: Malaysia’s General Election

In the recent Malaysian General Election held in May, former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad came out of retirement to score a historic victory to defeat the incumbent Barisan Nasional coalition, replacing previous Prime Minister Najib Razak as the new head of Government.

Across the causeway in Singapore, 93% say they followed the election in Malaysia, with 40% paying close attention to the results.

Whilst an overwhelming 86% believe that the election results are ‘good’ or ‘very good’ for Malaysians, reactions are almost split even when it came to implications for Singapore. Nearly half (44%) believe that the newly elected Malaysian Government may not be so good for Singapore, a response possibly enhanced by the early announcement that Malaysia will review the planned high-speed rail project.