Elections to be held in Malaysia
4 April 2013 Last updated at 01:53 BST
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dissolved parliament, paving the way for a general election, which must be held within two months.
The prime minister has appealed for voters to back his government's record of delivering economic growth.
But the government's critics accuse it of corruption and wasting the country's natural resources.
Rahul Bajoria from Barclays speaks to the BBC about the state of the economy.