Ahead of Malayasia's elections on Sunday, independent online media say they are being targeted in Internet attacks which filter content and throttle access to websites, threatening to deprive voters of their main source of independent reporting.
Boasting a fast-growing economy and riding a US$2.6 billion deluge of government handouts to poorer voters, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak would seem to have the recipe for electoral success on Sunday.
Malaysia's opposition on Thursday accused the government of transporting tens of thousands of “imported voters” to sway weekend elections, a charge vehemently rejected by the ruling coalition.
Malaysia's opposition and clean-poll activists said Wednesday the integrity of weekend elections was in doubt after revelations that indelible ink meant to prevent fraud was easily washed off.
Cast into the political wilderness 15 years ago by Malaysia's regime, Anwar Ibrahim faces his best and possibly last shot at vengeance in climactic elections on Sunday.
Prime Minister Najib Razak has walked a tightrope between voters demanding change and hardliners resisting reform in Malaysia's decades-old regime, a balancing act that will be tested in elections Sunday.
It was past 4 p.m. when Najib Razak arrived at SJKC Chung Hua 2 in Kuching for his fourth program of the day.
Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim holds a slight edge over Malaysian premier Najib Razak ahead of a hotly anticipated election showdown on May 5, according to the latest opinion poll.
Hundreds of cases of Malaysian election violence have been reported since campaigning for tightly contested May 5 polls got under way at the weekend, police were quoted saying on Wednesday.
Malaysian premier Najib Razak and opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on Saturday kicked off their rival campaigns for May 5 elections likely to be the country's closest ever.