Malaysians headed to the polls on Saturday with jailed ex-leader Najib Razak’s scandal-hit party seeking to cement its grip on power in a race analysts say is too close to call.

Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who campaigned on a platform of fighting corruption, said he was “cautiously confident” his coalition would win a simple majority in the 222-member parliament.

“A win today would certainly be gratifying after more than two decades of fighting to win the hearts and minds of the people,” Anwar told AFP before casting his vote in Penang state.

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