In Malaysia the ruling National Front party led by Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn has been returned to power in the general elections held on Saturday (8 July).
SV People riding through streets.
SV People outside polling station. (5 SHOTS)
SV People handing in election forms.
SV People voting (2 SHOTS)
SV People around polling booths in the country. (3 SHOTS)
SV/CU Prime Minister Hussein queuing outside polling station and having photos taken.
SV Hussein's wife outside station.
SV Hussein voting.
SV Voting box being sealed. (2 SHOTS)
Final result from the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sabah and Sarawak are not expected for another week. However reports say it seems clear that Prime Minister Hussein will receive a majority of more than two thirds for his National Front coalition.
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Background: In Malaysia the ruling National Front party led by Prime Minister Datuk Hussein Onn has been returned to power in the general elections held on Saturday (8 July). But despite gaining 94 of 114 Federal Parliamentary seats so far declared, the opposition parties have made significant inroads.
SYNOPSIS: Five million Malaysian voters went to the polls in the general election. The National Front -- a multi-racial coalition of 10 parties -- was not expected to face any serious challenge to its power.
But in the event the Chinese-based opposition group, the Democratic Action Party, increased its parliamentary representation from nine to 15.
National Front leaders said the vote showed that some voters were going back to supporting candidates on racial lines. Tensions between Malays, Chinese and Indians have played an important role in Malaysian politics.
But the National Front, which was formed in 1957 consists of organisations from all three racial groups and claims to be able to represent the interests of all Malaysians.
Prime Minister Datuk Hussein, seen here at the polling station, described his own party's victory as "tremendous" -- he leads the United Malay's National Organisation, the main partner in the National Front, they took all 75 seats they contested. All senior ministers were returned to power and few cabinet changes are expected.
However, opposition leaders have bitterly attacked the Government for banning all election rallies during the three-week campaign. The Government claimed this was because of the threat of Communist disturbances but the opposition claim it was to favour the National Front's electoral chances.