New Perspectives on the Johor State Election


About the Webinar

The Johor election will be held on March 12 and is the latest in a run of four state elections. The results will be closely watched by politicians and pollsters alike as, beyond its own leadership issues, Johor’s economic and demographic characteristics make it a good gauge for prevailing opinion among voters.

Due to a number of local-level factors, the United Malays National Organisation and its coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) have traditionally performed better in the state than other parts of the country. BN leaders are hoping to ride on the momentum from the Melaka state election, where they secured a convincing majority in the legislative assembly.

However, several new dynamics could make this a difficult proposition for the former ruling coalition in Johor. Voters may be unhappy about polls in a pandemic period. The state will see a record influx of first-time voters due to automatic voter registration and the lowering of the voting age. And, a number of new political operators will contest in the state for the first time – splitting votes in unexpected ways.

To analyse these and other possibilities, this webinar will feature perspectives by an ISEAS researcher resident in Johor, as well as representatives from three parties new to contesting in Johor.

About the Speakers

Dr Serina Rahman is a Visiting Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, where she examines issues of (un)sustainable development, rural politics, political ecology and climate change impacts on Malaysian rural communities.

Amira Aisyah is from Kampong Melayu Majidee, Johor Bahru. She is the Secretary General of the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (MUDA), and candidate for the Puteri Wangsa state seat.

Datin Paduka Che Asmah is a retired civil servant and CEO of the Orphancare Foundation. She is the Head of Pejuanita, the Women’s Wing of Parti Pejuang Tanah Air (Pejuang).

Dr Rajiv Bhanot is a medical doctor, entrepreneur, and founder of H2Go Global, a water-tech company that supplies clean drinking water. He is the Chief Coordinator for Parti Warisan Semenanjung.


This webinar will be delivered online entirely. You can join the webinar at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

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Mar 02 2022


10:00 am - 11:30 am