PH moves in as Umno loses support in Fortress Felda

A farmer at his oil palm plantation at Felda Palong 5. Analysts noted that Umno's strength in the Felda heartland has been eroding in the last three polls, and that it will be tough for the party to win back the Felda-linked constituencies it lost in
A farmer at his oil palm plantation at Felda Palong 5. Analysts noted that Umno's strength in the Felda heartland has been eroding in the last three polls, and that it will be tough for the party to win back the Felda-linked constituencies it lost in the May election. Felda parliamentary seats make up nearly a quarter of the 222 seats in the federal Parliament, and most were long considered "fixed deposit" wards for Umno-led former ruling alliance Barisan Nasional.PHOTO: BERNAMA

Younger voters, social media, Felda scandals said to be behind Umno's loss of seats in plantations

Malaysia's Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition lost 26 parliamentary seats that contained Felda plantations in the May general election, many of them wards under its control for decades. This was a big jump from the loss of just seven so-called Felda seats in the 2013 polls.

What is worse, analysts say, is that Umno-led BN will find it tough to win back most of these constituencies at the next polls.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'PH moves in as Umno loses support in Fortress Felda'. Print Edition | Subscribe