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Umno harps on pardon for Najib in bid to clean up party’s image: Analysts

Analysts believe that the calls to release former Malaysian premier Najib Razak have divided Umno. PHOTO: ST FILE
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KUALA LUMPUR – Umno’s repeated pleas for a royal pardon for jailed former premier Najib Razak are a tactic to absolve the party whose image has been tainted by corruption, while diverting attention from its leadership flaws and waning support among Malay-Muslim voters, say analysts.

Last Friday, during the party’s general assembly, Umno president Zahid Hamidi called for Najib’s release from prison.

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