Malaysians are voting Sunday in national elections that analysts say could see the ruling coalition ousted after nearly 56 years in power.
The ruling bloc, headed by Prime Minister Najib Razak's United Malays National Organization, has not lost an election since independence from Britain in 1957.
However, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's three-party coalition hopes that widespread grievances about the ruling bloc will result in a surge of votes to propel them into power.
Recent public opinion polls indicate a close race.
Voters will also be filling 222 parliamentary seats and a dozen seats for state lawmakers.