Once a pushover, Pakatan sniffs power

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After bloodying the government's nose in 2008 elections, a more experienced and organised opposition is eyeing the once-unthinkable: toppling one of the world's longest-serving governments.

Malaysians vote soon with the formerly hapless opposition buoyed by a new track record of state-level government, signs of growing voter support, and what its leader Anwar Ibrahim calls a sense of history in the making.

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