Hot-button issues likely to be played up in state polls

Noel Achariam Mohd Farhan Darwis

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia senior lecturer Mazlan Ali says Perikatan Nasional is expected to highlight the high cost of living, weakening of the ringgit and increase in the overnight policy rate in the run-up to the state elections. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, June 6, 2023.

WATER woes in Kelantan, Kedah’s claim to Penang and corruption cases involving Bersatu leaders are some of the issues that Pakatan Harapan (PH) and Barisan Nasional (BN) may bank on in the run-up to the state elections, political observers said.

On the other hand, Perikatan Nasional would try to highlight the failures of the Anwar Ibrahim-led unity government in reviving the economy and curtailing the rise in the cost of living, and project itself (PN) as the true protector of the Malay/Islam agenda in the country, the analysts said.

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