1. Malaysian Election Commission Chairman Mohd Hashim Bin Abdullah arriving
2. Malaysian election officials seated for news conference
3. SOUNDBITE (Malay) Hashim Bin Abdullah, Malaysian Election Commission Chairman:
"SPR (Election Commission) has decided on the dates as follows, date of writ is 11th April 2018, which is a Wednesday, dates for nomination is 28th April 2018 which is a Saturday, early voting day is on the 5th May 2018, which is a Saturday. Finally, voting day is on the 9th of May 2018, which is a Wednesday."
4. Wide of news conference
6. SOUNDBITE (Malay) Hashim Bin Abdullah, Malaysian Election Commission Chairman:
"The voting registry contains 14,940,624 registered voters."
7. Various of media
8. Election Commission officials posing for photo
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9. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong talking
10. Razak and Lee looking on during agreement signing ceremony between officials
11. Razak and Lee shaking hands
12. Razak speaking
13. Razak and Lee at news conference
14. Razak and Lee walking
15. Razak and Lee shaking hands before bilateral meeting
Malaysian elections that could determine scandal-plagued Prime Minister Najib Razak's political survival were set for May 9, an unusual workday date with a shorter campaign period than during the last polls.
Past Malaysian elections were mostly on weekends, though workday votes are not unprecedented.
National polls in 1995 and 1999 under former strongman Mahathir Mohamad, the opposition leader who is Najib's strongest challenger, were on a Monday.
The Election Commission also Tuesday set an 11-day campaigning period, shorter than the 15 days in 2013 polls.
It said 14.94 million voters will cast their ballot, an increase of 1.7 million new voters.
Najib, 64, is seeking a third term in office and under pressure to improve his National Front coalition's performance after support eroded in the last two elections.
He has been dogged by a massive corruption scandal involving the 1MDB state fund, which is under investigation in the US and other countries for allegations of cross-border embezzlement and money laundering.
A strong victory is pivotal for Najib ahead of year-end party elections in his United Malays National Organization, or UMNO, which is the linchpin of the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence from Britain in 1957.
Najib faces an unprecedented challenge from his former mentor Mahathir, who returned to politics two years ago amid anger over the scandal involving 1MDB, which was set up and previously led by Najib, but which accumulated billions in debt.
Najib has denied any wrongdoing and strengthened his grip on power by firing critics and muzzling the media.