Is UMNO in trouble in Johor?



About the Seminar

Malaysia must hold her 14th general election before mid-August 2018.  Many are predicting that the period between February to May 2018 is the most likely time.  As political parties prepare for GE14, the dynamics among Malaysia’s Malay political parties are becoming more heated, especially with the recent birth of two new contenders. Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) is a splinter of the Islamic Party of Malaysia (PAS) that was launched in September 2015.  And Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) is a splinter from UMNO that was launched in January 2017. Both are working together in the Pakatan Harapan coalition, with the Democratic Action Party (DAP) and the People’s Justice Party (PKR). Together, they are claiming that they have a good chance to win in the southern state of Johor, which is traditionally seen as the bastion of UMNO. Is this claim realistic? Is UMNO really under threat in Johor?  In this seminar, the speaker will outline the findings from his fieldwork in Johor between March and August this year, with a focus on the potential performance of the two new parties.

About the Speaker

Wan Saiful Wan Jan is Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute and Chief Executive of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs, Malaysia.  He is a regular commentator on Malaysian affairs. He has an English column in Malaysia’s leading English daily The Star, as well as a Chinese column in Malaysia’s most widely circulated Chinese newspaper Sin Chew. His opinion is quoted by various media, including the Straits Times, Reuters, Channel News Asia and The Economist. Wan Saiful is also Chairman of the Istanbul Network for Liberty, an international foundation established in 2011 to explore and promote the principles and values of a free society in the Muslim world, a Board member of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Advisor to the Malaysia China Chamber of Commerce.

For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 3 November 2017.


Nov 06 2017


3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


ISEAS Seminar Room 2