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Pakatan Harapan’s Johor chapter aims to better performance in Malaysia GE15

Pakatan Harapan’s Johor chapter aims to better performance in Malaysia GE15

PH’s victory in the Johor state assembly was the first time in Malaysia’s history that Johor, considered a BN stronghold and bastion of UMNO, fell to the opposition.

However, following the Sheraton Move political manoeuvre in February 2020 that saw key component party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) leaving PH, the coalition was ousted from the federal government and the Johor state government.

Speaking at Thursday’s event, PKR’s Maszlee Malik outlined that PH managed to prove in 2018 that Johor was no longer a BN stronghold and that it was important for the coalition to draw on that same spirit for GE15. 

“Our victory in GE14 was a significant achievement in modern Malaysia. For the first time BN Johor fell, and this is part of history,” said Dr Maszlee. 

“We must ensure that we wrest back Johor. Yes, the state polls are over but the federal polls are more important. It defines our policies, our livelihoods, our health and importantly the education of our children,” added the former education minister. 

Many senior PH leaders will be facing fierce contests to defend their seats. 

On Wednesday night, BN election director Mohamad Hasan outlined that the coalition should aim to win at least 20 out of 26 federal seats. Perikatan Nasional (PN) also has a strong base in northern Johor as its chairman Muhyiddin Yassin will be looking to defend his seat in Pagoh. 

Dr Maszlee will face stiff competition to defend his Simpang Renggam seat against Mr Hasni Mohammad, Johor’s former chief minister and Benut state assemblyman. 

Mr Salahuddin will also have to overcome veteran UMNO leader Nur Jazlan Mohamad if he were to retain his seat. 

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