Published January 13, 2015
Malaysian politicians are making a final push on the last day of campaigning as an independent survey showed Prime Minister Najib Razak's long-ruling coalition running neck and neck with the opposition alliance ahead of Sunday's general elections.
A survey released by polling house Merdeka Center predicted Najib's National Front coalition will win 85 Parliamentary seats, while a three-member opposition alliance led by former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will take 89 seats. It says 46 seats are too close to call and that two seats will go to smaller parties.
The National Front now holds 135 seats in the 222-member Parliament, while Anwar's People's Alliance has 75 seats.
Merdeka Center head Ibrahim Suffian said Saturday that the race was a dead heat, with both sides enjoying equally strong support.