Johor by-election will be a test of Umno-PAS pact in a crucial swing state

The unexpected death of Tanjung Piai MP Farid Rafik will give Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) a chance to explain to voters why the Malay majority must unite against Prime Minister Mahathir's ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition.PHOTO: BERNAMA

KUALA LUMPUR - Malaysia's two largest Malay-Muslim parties have an early opportunity to promote their newly minted pact in Johor with a by-election due to be held in the crucial swing state before December.

The unexpected death of Tanjung Piai MP and Deputy Unity Minister Farid Rafik, 43, on Saturday will give Umno and Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) a chance to explain to voters why the Malay majority must unite against the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition. Both parties on Sept 14 signed a charter on political cooperation.

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