Sarawak state polls expected to boost Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob

The incumbent Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) coalition is likely to retain control of Sarawak in state elections to be held on December 18, analysts believe, in what would be a boost for Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.The coalition is an ally of the federal government headed by Ismail Sabri, and is expected to comfortably beat the opposition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, which is in disarray.The Election Commission said that by the time nominations closed on Monday, 349 candidates had been…