Malaysia votes 2018

JOHOR: Still a BN bastion?

Several states are set to see close fights or play key roles in the election. The Straits Times' correspondents and observers on the ground give their take on how these battles might shape up.

Barisan Nasional looks set to hold on to Johor but can the opposition win more seats? Visiting fellow at ISEAS, Dr Serina Rahman, and ST's Foreign Editor Zakir Hussain discuss the voting sentiments in Johor.

Johor, the birthplace of Umno, has long been the party's fortress. Ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) has always done fairly well in Johor, with locals often resisting the opposition, and Parti Islam SeMalaysia unable to make a dent in the state for decades.

That changed in the 2013 election when then opposition pact Pakatan Rakyat made a breakthrough, winning five of the 26 parliamentary seats and 18 of the 56 state seats.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 28, 2018, with the headline 'JOHOR: Still a BN bastion?'. Subscribe