Umno's Malay support in Johor still strong, says party veteran

Mr Shahrir Samad at a recent media conference on Felda land in Kuala Lumpur. He was called upon to rescue the scandal-hit Felda in January last year. The six-term lawmaker is regarded as a Johor "icon".
Mr Shahrir Samad at a recent media conference on Felda land in Kuala Lumpur. He was called upon to rescue the scandal-hit Felda in January last year. The six-term lawmaker is regarded as a Johor "icon".PHOTO: BERITA HARIAN MALAYSIA

KUALA LUMPUR • Johor's long-serving MP Shahrir Samad isn't fazed by the prospect of facing an opposition in the southern Malaysian state now led by former Umno strongmen Mahathir Mohamad and Muhyiddin Yassin.

Tan Sri Shahrir, 68, is certain that Umno's Malay support in its birthplace remains strong.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 20, 2018, with the headline 'Umno's Malay support in Johor still strong, says party veteran'. Print Edition | Subscribe