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Malaysia election

TikTok-mad Malaysian voters push Islamic politics to the fore

Emergence of Malaysian Islamic Party set to shake up country's secular democracy

KUALA LUMPUR -- Never before in Malaysia has a small local party exerted such influence upon a federal election, in this instance bringing about a stalemate after Saturday's national polls.

The Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS as it is abbreviated in Malay, was not previously a key player in the country's race-based politics, although it had enjoyed some electoral success in rural Malay states in the east of the peninsular.

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