Malaysia Votes 2018: Johor

State of the states: Shock loss for Umno in party's birthplace

Supporters of Pakatan Harapan celebrating outside Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri in Johor Baru early this morning. Barisan Nasional had been banking on the traditional loyalty of Johoreans to retain the state, but that support did not materialise.
Supporters of Pakatan Harapan celebrating outside Majlis Bandaraya Iskandar Puteri in Johor Baru early this morning. Barisan Nasional had been banking on the traditional loyalty of Johoreans to retain the state, but that support did not materialise.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

For the first time in Malaysia's history, a majority of states in the country might not be ruled by an Umno-led coalition. This includes Johor, its traditional stronghold.

Pakatan Harapan (PH) wrested control of Johor from the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) with 29 out of the 56 seats in the state assembly at press time. BN won 18 state seats and PAS one. Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin, who fronted BN's Johor campaign, lost his Pasir Gudang parliamentary seat to PH's Hassan Karim by more than 24,000 votes. He lost his state seat to PH by more than 8,000 votes.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 10, 2018, with the headline 'State of the states: Shock loss for Umno in party's birthplace'. Print Edition | Subscribe