Malaysiakini Special Report

Can opposition woo M40 group in Titiwangsa?

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SPECIAL REPORT | While one may label Titiwangsa as the stronghold of Umno for losing it only once in 2008 since the seat was created in 1986, the past results, however, show that the parliamentary constituency can be swayed with federal sentiments.

Gone are the days of the 1980s and early 1990s, when Umno could easily obtain majority votes of between 11,000 and 19,000 in the elections, as there were no major federal issues in this area, which sits in the east of Kuala Lumpur.

When the Reformasi movement swept across the city following the sacking of the then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim, Umno's Suleiman Mohamed only managed to defend the seat with a 1,513-vote majority in the 1999 general election, compared with the 18,966 votes majority in 1995.

In 2008, Umno lost Titiwangsa to Lo' Lo' Mohamad Ghazali of PAS, with 1,972 votes.

During the 2013 general election, when 52 percent of the popular votes went to the opposition, Umno's Johari Abdul Ghani defeated Ahmad Zamri Asa'ad Khuzaimi of PAS.

Johari, who is also second finance minister, won only by a majority of 866 votes, the lowest in the eight elections contested in Titiwangsa.

This has made Titiwangsa an easy target for Umno's archrivals PAS and Bersatu, to unseat an incumbent federal minister and demoralise the biggest ruling party.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini ran a special report on Umno's campaign in Titiwangsa and today, we will explore the strategy of the opposition.

In an interview, Bersatu Federal Territories chief Muhammad Suhaimi Yahya said while Umno is aiming the urban poor or bottom 40 group (B40), Bersatu has targeted the middle 40 group (M40)...