From Malaysia Factbook
Shah Alam, the capital city of Selangor, the richest state in Malaysia, is Parliamentary Constituency P108. There are 2 state constituencies within its border:
- Batu Tiga; and
- Kota Anggerik.
Comprising predominantly Malays, the total registered voters as at June 2012 numbered 96,066 people where Malays made up about 70% and the rest comprises Chinese, Indians, and others.
Shah Alam's political landscape underwent a sea change in the 2008 general elections when, for the first time a PAS contender, Khalid Abdul Samad, beat the incumbent, Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin, from the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition by a whopping 9,314-vote margin. Khalid's popularity has apparently been on the upswing.
Several sensitive religious incidents had happened in Shah Alam over the 4 years from 2008 to 2012 that may tilt non-Malay voter sentiment in favor of the fledgling Pakatan Rakyat (PR) pact that now runs the state. The most notable was the cow head protests, staged by a group of the city's Section 23 pro-UMNO Malay residents who were disgruntled with the PR government over the relocation of a Hindu temple to the Malay-dominant residential area. The provocative act had sparked widespread outrage and a storm of protests from Hindus and other minority groups that had previously swung to BN. It is likely to rear its head closer to the elections.
P108: Shah Alam parliamentary constituency, Selangor