Najib’s absence will affect Umno in GE15, say analysts

Raevathi Supramaniam

Experts say while Najib Razak's imprisonment could be a blow to Umno and Barisan Nasional's campaigning efforts for the upcoming general elections, they may use the ex-Pekan MP's incarceration as a means to garner votes. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, September 15, 2022.

THE loss of Najib Razak as Umno’s chief campaigner will no doubt be felt by the party at the upcoming general election, analysts said, as the party has not been able to replace Najib’s influence and social media presence.

Hisommudin Bakar, executive director of Ilham Centre, said Najib contributed to 11% of Barisan Nasional’s (BN) strength, based on a survey conducted by the research body.

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