Malaysia Votes 2018

Malaysia election: BN's Johor bastion a crucible of 'Malay tsunami'

Above: Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, 25, who is contesting in the Muar parliamentary ward, speaking at a Pakatan Harapan rally last night in the Johor town. PH candidates say they are confident of a significant shift in Malay support in their fav
Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, 25, who is contesting in the Muar parliamentary ward, speaking at a Pakatan Harapan rally last night in the Johor town. PH candidates say they are confident of a significant shift in Malay support in their favour, judging by the response they get at rallies in the state.ST PHOTO: MOHD KHALID BABA
Above: Mr Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, 25, who is contesting in the Muar parliamentary ward, speaking at a Pakatan Harapan rally last night in the Johor town. PH candidates say they are confident of a significant shift in Malay support in their fav
Former deputy prime minister-turned-opposition leader Muhyiddin Yassin arriving at yesterday's rally. ST PHOTO: MOHD KHALID BABA

Any Malay voter rebellion there in favour of opposition could indicate turn in tide elsewhere

Just five years ago, a Federal Land Development Authority settlement in Umno fortress Johor would have been an unlikely setting for a voter rebellion in favour of the opposition.

Today, however, party flags from both sides of the aisle flutter alongside the single-lane road into the oil palm plantation village of Lenga, in north-west Johor. And Malay farmers previously grateful to Malaysia's ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) for their land and income in the southern state are voicing their discontent.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 01, 2018, with the headline 'BN's Johor bastion a crucible of 'Malay tsunami''. Print Edition | Subscribe