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>> It's set to be a clash of Malaysia's political titans. An election campaign complete with accusations of gerrymandering by the country's government. And the introduction of the world's first fake news laws, that critics say a design to limit dissent. Malaysia's general election this week will pit the 92 year old former authoritarian leader, Mahathir Mohamad, against his once protege and current Prime Minister, Najib Razak.
Najib has been accused of involvement in a multi-billion dollar scandal at the 1NDB state fund. The government has denied accusations of gerrymandering, and Najib has also denied any wrong doing at 1NDB. Reuters' John Charmers explains from Kuala Lumpur.>> There isn't much doubt that Prime Minister Najib Razak will be re-elected on Wednesday.
Having said that, we have seen the opposition starting to make ground and catch up on the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional. One of the main reasons for that is that Mahathir Mohamad, who used to be with the ruling party, used to be a mentor of Najib Razak, the current Prime Minister, has turn against his own party.
And he's now leading an opposition alliance.>> Many Malaysians have become disillusioned by the rising cost of living, and the air of corruption that has surrounded the government. Under Malaysia's electorial system, the party that gets the most seats in Parliament wins, even if it doesn't get the majority vote.
So even if he wins, not gaining the popular vote could leave Najib politically weak.>> There is a sense among the voters that they don't feel as well off as they were. That bedrock of support that he could count on to make sure that Barisan Nasional, the ruling coalition, would be elected time after time after time, is starting to be eroded.
>> Early voting has already begun. But the majority of Malaysians will have their say on polling day this Wednesday.