Johor in GE14: Battle for UMNO’s Heartland



About the Seminar

In 2017, the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute commissioned the Merdeka Centre to conduct a survey of Johor residents’ attitudes towards Malaysian politics, economy and society. This seminar presents selected findings on their attitudes towards politics and the economy. As one of Malaysia’s most developed and second most populous state with 3.2 million residents, Johor is a microcosm of Malaysia. There are 1.7 million ethnic Malays, 1 million ethnic Chinese and over 200,000 ethnic Indians in the state. Johor has a relatively young population with approximately 1.5 million residents aged 29 and below. The 2017 Johor Survey is a follow up from a similar survey conducted in 2013.

About the Speaker

Ibrahim Suffian is a Co-founder and Programs Director of Merdeka Center for Opinion Research, a leading public opinion polling and political surveys organization in Malaysia. Besides undertaking research assignments, Ibrahim is actively involved in briefings for the diplomatic and the financial community about political developments in Malaysia. He presently manages Merdeka Center’s portfolio of clients ranging from political parties, government departments as well as local and international institutions of higher learning. Through Merdeka Center, Ibrahim has been involved in organizing surveys in Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Singapore and Myanmar.

Prior to his role in Merdeka Center, Ibrahim worked as a project finance specialist in a Malaysian investment bank and a project manager in an international development agency.

Ibrahim received education from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and obtained an MBA from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Ibrahim was a World Fellow at Yale University in 2011.

For registration, please fill in this form and email to by 27 November 2017.


Nov 28 2017


10:00 am - 11:30 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2