Malaysiakini Kini Roundup

Election eve goodies; BN headwinds rise from the south; trade unions weigh into GE14

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KINI ROUNDUP | Here are the key headlines you may have missed yesterday, in brief.

Election eve goodies

In his final address on the eve of polling day, caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak announced tax breaks, holidays and other goodies.

Addressing the nation at the same time, Dr Mahathir Mohamad implored voters not to sacrifice the nation for bribes.

Mahathir, who is Pakatan Harapan chairperson, also said in his address that the general election was a chance for Malays to redeem their pride.

However, caretaker minister Azalina Othman Said claimed that Mahathir had 'mortgaged' Malay nationalism for the sake of regaining power.

Najib also said he is saddened by the “betrayal” of Umno by certain party veterans.

BN headwinds rise from the south

BN is facing strong political headwinds in Johor, but less so in the north due to mitigation by PAS.

Think-tank Ilham Centre predicted that Johor may fall to the opposition, and that Harapan has a 50-50 chance of capturing Perak and Kedah.

Meanwhile, Merdeka Center projected that Harapan will win the majority of the parliamentary seats in Johor.

Several Felda areas in northern Johor, which were critical to BN’s victory in several seats during the last election, appear to be wavering.

PAS reiterated that there will be a "green political tsunami" in its favour, after several surveys predicted that the party would be wiped out in the polls.

Selangor PAS said it is confident of forming the next state government.

Trade unions weigh into GE14

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC), through its secretary-general J Solomon, endorsed Harapan and urged its 14 million members to support the coalition.

Hours later, MTUC president Abdul Halim Mansor denied the endorsement, insisting that the congress was behind Najib.

However, Solomon clarified that the endorsement of Harapan was MTUC's official stance, and accused BN of interfering in the union's affairs through its president.

Caretaker minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it was amusing that the congress would back Harapan, as Mahathir was the "worst union buster" when he was prime minister.

The National Union of Flight Attendants (Nufam) claimed that AirAsia may have breached its own SOP by having its flight attendants dress in blue in an aircraft emblazoned with BN's election slogan “Hebatkan Negaraku”.

Other Kinibites

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim pleaded for a peaceful transition of power if Harapan wins in today’s general election.

CIMB chairperson Nazir Abdul Razak – the brother of the caretaker prime minister – urged both sides of the political divide to heal the nation, regardless of who wins the general election.

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) called for a revamp of the Election Commission.

The caretaker government gave its assurance to the citizens that there would be no blackouts during the 14th general election process.

Looking ahead

It's election day as Malaysians head to the polls.

In the evening, Malaysiakini will report the general election results live.

Readers who have problems accessing Malaysiakini today due to expected high traffic can read alternatives here.

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