Malaysia Votes 2018

Johor sees fierce electoral fight

Mr Zaini Talib said when officials visited his restaurant, all he got were two calendars but no promises of development. A back lane in Jalan Trus in Johor Baru is being developed to make the area where more hipster joints have cropped up more vibran
A back lane in Jalan Trus in Johor Baru is being developed to make the area where more hipster joints have cropped up more vibrant. In the last five years, the area around Jalan Trus and Jalan Dhoby has built a unique reputation where old trades exist alongside trendy businesses.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF
Chaiwalla & Co is located near Jalan Dhoby in Johor Baru town, which is an area that attracts a younger crowd and tourists. The area has developed a reputation as a hipster commune.
Chaiwalla & Co is located near Jalan Dhoby in Johor Baru town, which is an area that attracts a younger crowd and tourists. The area has developed a reputation as a hipster commune.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF
Mr Zaini Talib said when officials visited his restaurant, all he got were two calendars but no promises of development. A back lane in Jalan Trus in Johor Baru is being developed to make the area where more hipster joints have cropped up more vibran
Mr Zaini Talib said when officials visited his restaurant, all he got were two calendars but no promises of development.ST PHOTO: ZAIHAN MOHAMED YUSOF

Observers expect Barisan Nasional to be returned to power in the state, but its hold to slip further, with bread-and-butter issues working in favour of Pakatan Harapan and Parti Islam SeMalaysia

Mr Tang King Tong, 72, heads the fishermen's association at Kampung Simpang Arang on the Strait of Johor. The village of 750 people, a mix of Orang Asli, Chinese and Malay residents, is a far cry from the gleaming buildings coming up in southern Johor.

But then, it has also come a long way from what it used to look like.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'Johor sees fierce electoral fight'. Print Edition | Subscribe