Malaysian General Election, 2018

13th Parliament of Malaysia was dissolved on 7 April 2018. It would have been automatically dissolved on 24 June 2018, five years after the first meeting of the first session of the 13th Parliament of Malaysia on 24 June 2013.Constitution of Malaysia requires a general election to be held in the fifth calendar year unless it is dissolved earlier by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong due to a motion of no-confidence or at the request of the Prime Minister.

Malaysia’s voters on  to vote on 9 May 2018 to elect members of the 14th Parliament of Malaysia to decide  between  scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak remains in office or if Najib’s one-time mentor, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, gets to remove the “former” from his title.

Experts are of the opinion the incumbent will win but with a thinner margin compared to the previous election, in 2013. Najib’s ruling , the Barisan Nasional, or National Front, is composed of 14 parties that will face the four parties that make up Mahathir’s Pakatan Harapan, or Alliance of Hope.

Election camps embattle for 222 seats in the national parliament and 505 seats in provincial legislatures in a first-past-the-post voting system inherited from the British colonial government.

Election Commission chairman Mohd. Hashim Abdullah announced that it is spending RM500 million for this General Election, RM100 million more than the previous one. There are 53 parties  eligible to contest in the election and get on the ballot and can therefore elect a representative in the Dewan Rakyat.

Malay economy has strengthened since the slowdown in 2013, by weaker commodity prices, Malaysians are unhappy about the rising cost of living. Prices are  surging and inflation makes the citizen to look for better opportunity in employments and economic growth.  Urbanized and industrialized states of Selangor and Penang  states and urban seats will be key to keenly contested election.

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