Much at stake for Pakatan Harapan in Johor by-election on Saturday

Voters in Johor's Tanjung Piai go to the polls on Saturday, with the Umno-led Barisan Nasional confident of reclaiming the seat from the ruling Pakatan Harapan. PHOTO: BERNAMA
Voters in Johor's Tanjung Piai go to the polls on Saturday, with the Umno-led Barisan Nasional confident of reclaiming the seat from the ruling Pakatan Harapan. PHOTO: BERNAMA

Ruling coalition fears ties with 'defiant' civil service will be even worse if it loses vote

With a Johor by-election just days away, Pakatan Harapan (PH) is anxious to avoid a defeat which will compound woes faced by the ruling coalition in working with segments of Malaysia's 1.6-million strong, mostly-Malay public service.

From Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad down to aides of Cabinet members, PH leaders have complained since coming to power last year of resistance and sabotage from civil servants, including the leaking of sensitive information.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 14, 2019, with the headline 'Much at stake for PH in Johor ballot'. Print Edition | Subscribe