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Malaysia's election fever

Malaysia's election fever

Updated 8 April 2013, 13:55 AEST

There's still no date for polls but election fever is hotting up in Malaysia.

On Saturday, Prime Minister Najib Razak unveiled his party's political manifesto, pledging bigger cash handouts, millions of new jobs, lower taxes and less crime.

At the same time the challenge that the opposition coalition the Pakatan Rakyat is posing to the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition has led to some interesting events.

The vice president of the Pakatan Rakyat, Tian Chua, was barred from entering the east Malaysian state of Sabah by immigration officials yesterday and sent back to Kuala Lumpur.

And back in the capital, former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Democratic Action Party, a member within the opposition coalition was taking a risk trying to win the Chinese votes in the ruling coalition's heartland of Johor.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Speaker: Gobind Rudra, a former news editor and commentator

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