Thugs damaged Anwar’s car yesterday as the opposition leader was reported as visiting the Sembrong parliamentary seat in Johor.

Sembrong, a parliamentary constituency in Johor, has been a BN stronghold. In the 2008 general election, Hishammuddin Hussein defeated Lee Sang of PKR by 11570 votes, a reduced majority compared to his winning majority of 16978 in 2004.

Update (23 February):But Hishammuddin denied that the ceramah took place inside his constituency. “Firstly, Batu Empat is not inside the constituency,” he was reported as saying by Malaysiakini. “I don’t know why they continue to mention Sembrong. The ceramah was not held there.”

Last Monday, Anwar’s ceramah at a Felda scheme in Machap, Malacca was disrupted by youths noisily revving their notorbikes.

In the 2008 general election, in the Machap state seat, the MCA’s Lai Meng Chong defeated the PKR’s Ginie Lim by a 1639-vote majority, a drop from the BN’s 4562 majority in 2004.