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The March 15 editorial, “Mr. Abdullah is battered,” states that a “confident (Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi) called an early election, and there was even speculation that the National Front would make inroads in Penang, the one state controlled by PAS, the Islamist opposition party.”

Please note that the Malaysian state that PAS has controlled for the past 22 years is not Penang, a prosperous industrial state in the north of the Malay Peninsula with a Malaysian Chinese majority, but Kelantan, which borders Thailand. Penang has mostly been governed by the National Front. Since the general elections, Penang is now governed by the opposition-headed Democratic Action Party.

nigel tan