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Key points to note from the 2022 Johor state election

Social NewsKey points to note from the 2022 Johor state election

Barisan Nasional (BN) has once again made a triumphant comeback in Johor yesterday with 40 out of 56 seats in the state assembly, after losing the state for the first time since its inception in 2018. 

This is BN’s second convincing win after the Melaka state election last year and this signals a momentum that could continue to build until the general election if it is called this year.

Nonetheless, here’s a few things that we learned from the state election.

1. Low turnout rate and disunity in the Opposition

Following Pakatan Harapan (PH)’s loss, its state chief Aminolhuda Hassan said they will conduct a post-mortem to analyse the weaknesses, mistakes and reasons for its dismal performance yesterday.

The Johor state election sees a voter turnout of only 54.9% and the votes were shared among other non-BN candidates.

On the other hand, BN’s slogan “Stability For The Future” was consistent and clear, while the Opposition all had different campaigning slogans with some calling to reject corruption and some pledging to rebuild Johor’s economy.

The depressed turnout rates and the Perikatan Nasional’s (PN) ability to draw away Opposition Malay votes had given BN the advantage.

Source: Sinar Harian

2. Najib still the blue eyed boy

The BN president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi praised the former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for leading the coalition’s big win in Johor.

Najib’s appearance had brought out crowds in almost every district he visited during the campaign period. In addition, Najib’s promotional team made use of his popularity on social media to paint him as a popular, down-to-earth leader who was happy to campaign at hawker centres and coffee shops.

Despite the Opposition bringing up his multiple graft convictions in almost all of their ceramah, it seems that voters did not care as much, or at least for those who went out to cast their votes.

This was proven by the fact that BN only saw an increase of about 3% in its popular vote since 2018, but at the same time, managed to gain 21 more seats yesterday.

3. The Opposition’s weakness

PH won 12 seats in the state election but its state leader Aminolhuda Hassan lost in Parit Yaani. Another notable casualty was the former education minister Dr Maszlee Malek, who lost in Layang-Layang.

The only glimmer of hope among PH was DAP, which delivered most of the 10 seats.

PKR walked away with only 1 seat from the 20 it contested and this will no doubt raise questions on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim being the leader of PH and the Opposition.

Meanwhile, other parties such as Pejuang and Warisan also crash-landed with zero seats.

Pejuang had contested in 42 seats but could not win even 1. This also suggests that Dr Mahathir may have lost his influence among voters, especially the Malays.

The youth led party MUDA managed to secure its first ever seat as Amira Aisya Abd Aziz won in Puteri Wangsa. Following this results, some may have the perception of the party being only popular on social media without actual electorate support.

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