Sarawak Election Cast as Referendum on …

Voters in the east Malaysian state of Sarawak go to the polls on May 7 in what is being characterized nationally as a referendum on embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak. It probably isn’t despite the fact that the Sarawak component of the Barisan Nasional, led by the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu, or PBB, appears likely to win a renewed mandate. That is partly based on the popularity of Adenan Satem, the 72-year-old chief minister handpicked by the magnificently shady former chief minister Abdul Taib Mahmud to replace him.

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