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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