Analysts said it will be a tough fight for any coalition to secure the lion’s share of Selangor’s parliamentary seats.
But PH can draw a large amount of confidence from its past performance, and a tendency of being urban voters’ choice.
Merdeka Center programme director Ibrahim Suffian said: “Unlike other states, (Pakatan Harapan does) have a much stronger base in Selangor, both in the non-Malay and Bumiputera voters.
“Even if Barisan Nasional has some advantage, it won’t be so smooth sailing.”
LIVING COSTS, FLOODS ON THEIR MINDS
Besides a tough political fight, parties face other challenges like addressing voters’ pressing concerns.
The cost of living in Selangor, which is among the highest in Malaysia, is among issues on the minds of residents.
Undergraduate Wan Elyas Ahmad Shah, who supports himself by working as a delivery rider in Selangor’s capital of Shah Alam, is worried that he may never afford his own place.
“In Shah Alam, it’s very expensive, especially if you are starting out with a small family, without a high-paying job, it’s very hard to buy a house here,” said the 20-year-old. “Even getting an apartment is pretty expensive.”