The coalition wins national elections with a weakened majority, fending off the strongest opposition it has ever faced but exposing vulnerabilities in the process.
Malaysia’s prime minister dissolved Parliament on Wednesday to call for national elections expected later this month.
The military said airstrikes and mortar fire took the lives of the Filipinos, who were part of a 200-member group that took over the area last month.
Malaysian security forces briefly battle armed Filipino intruders who were on the run after being bombarded with airstrikes and mortar fire, police said.
Malaysia plans to build hi-tech farming villages in rural provinces where nearly one of 10 people lives below the official poverty line.