Shafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP PhotosShafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP Photos
Shafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP Photos

Loner to contender: the man who could pull a surprise in Sabah and upend Malaysian politics

Fired by the prime minister after criticising him for the 1MDB financial scandal, the former Umno vice-president is within electoral striking distance in a state long considered a lock for the ruling party

Topic |   Malaysia election
Shafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP PhotosShafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP Photos
Shafie Apdal at an election rally in Penampang, Sabah. Photo: SCMP Photos
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