The political awakening in Johor is not limited to the state capital Johor Bahru, but other towns in the states – like the Umno stronghold of Batu Pahat – are stirring too.
Now the parliamentary seat of Batu Pahat, an ethnically mixed seat, has been a BN stronghold, but its winning majorities have declined in the last two general elections. In the 2004, general election, Umno candidate thrashed Pas in the area, winning by a 29102-vote majority. But in the 2008 general election, Umno came up against PKR, and its winning majority was duly slashed to 19625.
What happens this time around?