Making inroads into Fortress Felda

Areas that have many Felda Malays often lean heavily towards the Umno-led BN coalition.
Areas that have many Felda Malays often lean heavily towards the Umno-led BN coalition. PHOTO: REUTERS

Malaysia's opposition parties today hold only seven constituencies that have plantations overseen by the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda).

Most of these so-called "Felda seats" in the rural Malay heartland, of which there are 54, are controlled by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 26, 2018, with the headline 'Making inroads into Fortress Felda'. Print Edition | Subscribe