Crowded polls in Johor

Mohamed Khaled (left, in white shirt)) posing for selfies with the Sarawakian community in Kg Baru Plentong, Johor, hours after filing his nomination papers. DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (right) addressing a crowd in Johor Jaya yesterday.

JOHOR BARU: Within hours of submitting their nomination papers, candidates from both sides of the political divide were moving around actively campaigning statewide.

Some of the speakers took to having their ceramah's indoors including in halls and basket ball courts while others started speaking on makeshift stages using their trucks and trailers.

Some of the candidates were also out and about at coffee shops, restaurants, markets and other public places for meet-and-greet sessions.

Each side was going all out to win the 82 parliamentary and state seats in Johor.

This GE14 will be a crowded affair in Johor as almost 75% of all the seats will see multi-cornered fights.

So far only 21 seats will see straight fights.

Most of the multi-seat fights are between Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan or PAS candidates.

A total of 158 candidates will be contesting the 56 state seats while 74 people will contest the 26 parliamentary seats.

Some 62 candidates are between 50 to 59 years old while four are below 29 years old.

The state also has 29 candidates aged 60 and above.

DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (right) addressing a crowd in Johor Jaya yesterday

Women candidates have also increased in GE14 with a total of 32 candidates contesting including 11 from Barisan, DAP (6), PAS (5), Pribumi (4), PKR (3), Amanah (2) and 1 independent.

Besides those contesting under political parties, Johor will have eight independent candidates, including a woman entrepreneur Rohani Yaacob, 34, for Permas state.

The other independent seats are the parliaments of Pasir Gudang and Pulai and the state seats of Simpang Jeram, Bukit Naning, Paloh and Puteri Wangsa.

Puteri Wangsa state seat will be a hotly contested seat as this is the only seat in Johor to have with five candidates including two independent candidates.

Five other seats will have four-cornered fights including in Simpang Jeram, Bukit Naning, Pasir Gudang, Permas and Pulai.

Johor has a total of 1.82mil voters including more than 260,000 new voters.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin who is facing multi-cornered fights in his Permas and Pasing Gudang seats also hit the campaign trail talking to the Sarawakian community in Kg Baru Plentong late Saturday.

He thanked the community for their help in developing the state and urged them to continue supporting Barisan.

He touched on the state's progress and highlighted Johor's achievements under Barisan Nasional.

He was accompanied by Johor Jaya candidate Datuk Tan Cher Puk.

In Ayer Hitam, the opposition lined up a string of speakers after nomination including Yong Peng state assembly candidate Chew Peck Choo, Iskandar Puteri candidate Lim Kit Siang and Bakri candidate Yeo Bee Yin.

Simpang Renggam candidate Dr Maszlee Malik appealed to the mostly Chinese audience to have faith in the Malay community "tsunami".

Kluang parliamentary candidate Wong Shu Qi touched on the subject of the Pakatan candidates who were disqualified from being candidates in the morning's nomination exercise and urged the crowd to return from the setback by coming out to vote.

Wong also highlighted the fact that many Johorean and Malaysian youths were being driven to work overseas, due to poor economic conditions back home.

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