MCA MAY BE WIPED OUT IN JOHOR!
JOHOR WON’T BE MCA’S FORTRESS ANY LONGER!
NOR WILL IT REMAIN UMNO’S HEARTLAND!
The DAP leaders’ public declaration that they were willing to run under the PAS’s moon banner — despite their ideological differences — helped persuade Johor’s Malays that the DAP was not “chauvinist”.
With only a day left to the general election, Pakatan Rakyat’s ‘invasion’ on BN’s southern stronghold of Johor is set to send ripples across the state.
Aside from retaining Bakri, the opposition coalition’s chances of capturing four more parliamentary seats, namely Gelang Patah, Kulai, Kluang and Segamat appear positive.
But whether the ripples will turn into a tsunami that could potentially claim BN’s present parliamentary seats like Johor Bahru, Pasir Gudang, Pulai, Tebrau in the South and Labis and Muar in the North will depend on a number of factors.
Whether Pakatan’s ripple in Johor will turn into a tsunami to pull off the ‘possible surprises’ depends on three key factors, namely a possible Malay undercurrent, new voters and higher than expected Chinese support.
Throughout the campaign period especially in urban and semi-urban centers saw the notable presence of Malay Malaysian voters, mostly closed mouthed, at Pakatan’s rallies.
Many of them tend to be at the back of the crowd during mega ceramah or standing at the fringes at small groups ceramah (ceramah kelompok).
Their cryptic response has been difficult to read but if they buy the opposition coalition’s message, the result could possibly be a silent Malay revolt.
Coupled with the strong anti-establishment sentiment among the Chinese community, a small swing of between five to 10 percent among these Malay voters would be enough to cause several parliamentary constituencies previously not under the “marginal seat” radar to fall.
If significant, the swing could also potentially claim other parliamentary seats such as Ledang, Ayer Hitam ,Batu Pahat and Tanjung Piai.
Whether such undercurrent exists will be determined at the ballot box tomorrow (May 5).
Dubbed the “mother of all elections”, never before have voters felt they could wield this much power over the government at the ballot box.
The overwhelming Chinese support notwithstanding, Pakatan is having a hard time reaching out to Malay voters, particularly those outside urban centres.
The response shown by Chinese Johoreans in this week’s mammoth Pakatan rallies was unprecedented, even surpassing the ones seen in Penang during the 2008 general election which wiped out Gerakan from the state.
DAP has since revised its initial target of garnering 75 percent of Chinese votes to over 80 percent, and its final-hour focus has been on Chinese areas in marginal constituencies such as Labis and Segamat.
The Malaysiakini Johor team consists of Kuek Ser Kuang Keng, Lee Way Loon and Nigel Aw.
DAY 11 What’s happening during the election campaigns around the country today? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they take place.
11.30pm – Gelang Patah Johor: The crowd at Pakatan mammoth ceramah at the outdoor car park of Sutera Mall balloons to 50,000.
Besides the Chinese slogan of “May 5, change government”, Lim Kit Siang has modified the slogan into “May 5, change government; May 6, new government!”
He leads the excited Chinese-majority crowd armed with mini vuvuzelas to shout the slogan before he finishes his speech.
The crowd also proves generous with Pakatan managing to raise RM195,000 tonight.
10.20pm – Gelang Patah: More than 20,000 people throng the open-air carpark of Sutera Mall at Skudai, Johor to listen to DAP leaders speak in a mega ceramah.
The crowd, mostly Chinese, chant “Wu Yue Wu, Huan Zheng Fu” (May 5, change government) enthusiastically while waiting for the arrival of DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
Kit Siang and popular speaker Hew Kuan Yau are scheduled to speak later.
The emcee for the event announces there are 50,000 people, while our estimation is about 20,000.
Wednesday, 1 May 2012
MCA can have their silent majority….Pakatan Rakyat have the Rakyat behing them! Sutera Mall,Johor Baru.
JOHOR The stiff political contest in Johor has turned into an ugly battle with the race card being flashed and the May 13 racial riots being made the bogeyman again to create fear, especially among Malay voters.
On Friday Malaysiakini witnessed BN campaigners distributing leaflets in a night market at Taman University, Skudai that accused DAP Gelang Pahat candidate Lim Kit Siang as the mastermind behind the 1969 tragedy.
The leaflets also attached an interview of former Kuala Lumpur City Hall director-general Nordin Abdul Razak published in Umno-owned Mingguan Malaysia in which he claimed he saw Kit Siang with anti-Malay demonstrators during the incident.
Yesterday a DAP campaigner in Tanjong Piai parliamentary constituency showed Malaysiakini a booklet entitled ‘DAP racist’ which he alleged was distributed by the rival camp in Malay villages.
Comprising 26 pages, it accused DAP of causing the May 13 incident, being a proxy of Singapore’s ruling party Peoples Action Party to spread the influence of its then prime minister Lee Kuan Yew in the peninsula, and turning Penang into a “second Singapore”.
It compiled several controversial remarks made by DAP leaders before such as secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, chairperson Karpal Singh, national publicity secretary Tony Pua, Perak chief Ngeh Koo Ham and secretary Nga Kor Ming, and incumbent Kota Alam Shah assemblyperson M Manoharan, to back the allegation that DAP is against the Malays and Islam.
Although the identity of printer and publisher of these campaign material were not stated, which is a violation of election regulations, fingers were pointed at Umno.
Raising the sense of insecurity of the Malays by portraying Pakatan Rakyat as a threat to Malay rights has been a tactic repeatedly used by Umno during elections to unite the community under its flag.
However, Pakatan was quick to drive its machinery to counter the racial charges.
PAS leaders, who command a higher influence within the Malay community, are giving their best to defend their comrades in DAP against racist labels.
THE ENEMY WITHIN PAKATAN RAKYAT IS THE JOHOR DAP DEPUTY CHAIRMAN, NORMAN FERNANDEZ…
*What is happening in Johor DAP? Instead of fighting a common enemy, BN, its deputy chairman fights (undermines) its ally, PAS! It reminds me of the time Chiang Kai Shek made war against Mao Tse Tung rather than against China’s common enemy, Japan. Eventually, Chinag Kai Shek was rejected by China! Is that Johor DAP’s fate?
Don’t vote for PAS, says DAP man
Johor deputy chairman: State can’t gamble and risk its future with party
Johoreans and particularly non-muslims must think hard and deep. — NORMAN FERNANDEZ
From page 1 JOHOR BARU: The number two man in Johor DAP has dropped a bombshell by dramatically urging voters to reject PAS in the general election, saying that the state could not gamble and risk its future with the Islamist party.
“I, for one, have finally made up my mind and am convinced that PAS does not deserve my vote,” said Johor DAP deputy chairman Norman Fernandez.
The senior DAP leader said “non-Muslims must realise that PAS will do what it has set out to do if it gains power”.
“The question for non-Muslims is whether non-Muslims are prepared to risk it all with PAS.
“Johoreans and particularly non-Muslims must think hard and deep if PAS is really worthy of their votes,” he said in an article written for the blog syedoutsidethebox.blogspot.com yesterday.
In the hard hitting article, he said “PAS’ unilateral stand and the deep reluctance to be a true partner in Pakatan Rakyat and the unwillingness to subscribe to its ideals – let alone agree – and accept the common manifesto of PR must be enough to convince non-Muslims the grave danger of risking their votes for PAS.”
When contacted, Fernandez confirmed that he had written the article, saying it was his individual view.
The lawyer has been critical of PAS as he had also written in his blog in January that the “DAP can no longer be an apologist for PAS” and that it “must not be complicit to PAS’ evil plans”.
He had written that the “DAP must realise that PAS is no longer an honest, viable partner of Pakatan and must be courageous to admit it. In 1999, DAP took a courageous stand and once again DAP must take a stand.”
WILL THE HUGE CROWDS ATTENDING PAKATAN RAKYAT CERAMAHS TRANSLATE INTO VOTES?
ceramah Pakatan Rakyat di Taman Nesa, Skudai, Johor Bahru. Ramai yang hadir. pic.twitter.com/RiqPCwuZv4
DSAI is speaking in Parit Botak, headed to Segamat where 20,000 people have joined our ceramah. He will take the stage in just over one hour. Will you be watching him as the Pakatan wave sweeps across Johor? Join the livestream at www.anwaribrahim.com -DTF #demirakyat
Segamat JOHOR !! Lu X SHARE lu MACAI UMNO
DAY 5What’s happening during the election campaigns around the country today? Quotable quotes, planned events and unplanned incidents as they take place.
11.20pm – Segamat: PKR’s campaign’s bus arrives, causing the crowd to go wild.
“It’s just the campaign bus, Anwar (Ibrahim) is not on it, he’ll arrive in 12 minutes.
“Sit down and give me a chance to speak,” said PKR Segamat MP candidate Chua Jui Meng as the amused crowd burst into laughter.
10.51pm – Segamat: The crowd at Pakatan’s ceramah in Kampung Abdullah has swelled to about 20,000, although organisers estimate the crowd size to now stand at around 30,000 people.
Taking the stage, PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, and possible menteri besar candidate should opposition capture the state, sells his half Chinese parentage to the largely Chinese crowd, although there is substantial Malay and Indian presence too.
“I will not victimise the Chinese because my mother is also Chinese.
“My friends say if I don’t win I can go to Hong Kong to become a film star because I am handsome like Jackie Chan,” he quipped.
WHO IS MUHYIDDIN CALLING FOREIGNERS?
“The unity among us is strong. Let us not be influenced by foreign elements,” said Muhyiddin.
I know many people from Perak who work and live in Johor, and they now consider Johor their home state. Are they foreign elements to Muhyiddin?
Dubbing Malaysians ‘foreigners’ is pathetic — Fikry Osman
APRIL 24 — How pathetic and low can an election campaign go when one has to resort to calling other Malaysians “foreigners” just to score points and win votes?
Barisan Nasional (BN) deputy chairman Muhyiddin Yassin did that today, calling those who seek change in Johor “foreigners”.
“We should not accept foreign elements that try to bring change,” he said in Johor.
“Johor folks will not accept it. In Johor, the Malays, Chinese and Indians live together like brothers and sisters,” he added.
Is this becoming for a man who hopes to be prime minister one day? That for political points and an electoral victory, you decide to call your opponents “foreigners” because their views are different from yours?
Every Malaysian has a stake and say in what happens in other parts of Malaysia, so why shouldn’t anyone care for Johor even if they are not from that state?
If anything, Johoreans should reject Muhyiddin because he brought disrepute to the state during his time as the state mentri besar with the Stamford case, the company that sued him and others in 1995 for abusing the Land Acquisition Act to acquire 6,600 acres of private land.
The others include a foreigner to Johor, a businessman named Syed Mokhtar Albukhary and another called Yahya Talib. The rest is history with that case.
* Fikry Osman reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
Free Malaysia Today
Anwar, Muhyiddin trade barbs in JB
They lob verbal missiles as they speak at functions held 3km apart
JOHOR BARU: As the campaigning period for 13th general election entered the fifth day, two top leaders from Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat today embarked on a whirlwind trip to Johor Baru to vie for support from voters.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and BN number two Muhyiddin Yassin were engaged in almost close combat for support, with their separate functions held just 3km apart from each other.
At Anwar’s ceremah, the 500 crowd erupted into thunderous applause when he said he would slash the oil price on May 7 should Pakatan win power in the polls.
“God willing, on May 5, we win the polls, May 6 we are sworn in, May 7 we will reduce the oil price,” he told the energetic crowd in Bandar Baru Uda here.
Taking potshots at Muhyiddin, Anwar told the crowd that Muhyiddin had no standing to accuse him of ineptness in economic issues because Muhyiddin had never been a finance minister.
“What’s his fuss with me? He has never been a finance minister. Najib was the finance minister for four years, and he raised the national debt to RM540 billion.
“When I was the finance minister for eight years, there was no increase in the country’s debts,” he said.
Earlier, at Muhyiddin’s function in Kempas, the deputy prime minister received the loudest response from the crowd when he led the crowd in chanting “1 Malaysia!”.
In his speech, he asked his audience to reject “the opposition leader”.
“He can come to Johor, but people here are not going to receive him well, because Johoreans have been living in harmony. The Chinese, Malay and Indian are like brothers.
Anwar promises to continue Johor’s Iskandar project if Pakatan wins
JOHOR BARU, April 24 – The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) will not halt the Iskandar Malaysia in Johor if it wins the country’s most intense polls on May 5, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim said today.
Anwar, who is also the PKR de-facto leader, appeared to be dispelling fears that the opposition pact he leads may not be business-friendly or supportive of investments.
“I won’t batal (cancel) Iskandar but I say we need to ensure Iskandar is carried out transparently,” Anwar said in a speech while going on the stump for retired general Md Hashim Hussein, PKR’s candidate for the Johor Bahru federal seat.
“I am not against development projects …” he said, receiving loud applause from the largely Malay crowd when he claimed that the Johor people, irrespective of race, were being left out of the Iskandar project.
In Kit Siang, Pakatan gets unexpected boost to leap over Johor’s Malay wall
JOHOR BARU, April 21 — As Lim Kit Siang captured the imagination of Johor’s Chinese at last night’s rally here, it was also clear that he meant to help warm the Umno birthplace’s Malay population towards Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Election 2013.
But in the five years since Election 2008, a perceptible change has been felt in Johor.
The issues that have been raised by PR in the last few years have resonated with the younger people judging from the reactions of the thousands that gathered at the Sutera Mall open air carpark to listen to Kit Siang, state DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau and PAS vice-president and Nusajaya hopeful, Salahuddin Ayub, speak.
The DAP advisor’s son and caretaker Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, was given a roaring welcome complete with a fireworks display when he arrived shortly after 11pm, from stumping in Kluang.
The 2,000 plastic red chairs set up near the giant outdoor stage were fully occupied and thousands more stood throughout the entire four hours.
“Kit Siang’s presence in boosting Chinese support for Pakatan has helped narrow the gap for the opposition parties to reach their goal,” he added.
Ibrahim added the Malays in Johor live side-by-side with the Chinese but the racial sentiment has been exploited by those in power to plant fears.
But it was the perceived crisis sparked by the Registrar of Societies’ refusal to recognise the opposition party’s elected office bearers in the last 48 hours before nomination day yesterday that inadvertently boosted PR’s campaigning in Johor for the May 5 polls.
The DAP leaders’ public declaration that they were willing to run under the PAS’s moon banner — despite their ideological differences — helped persuade Johor’s Malays that the DAP was not “chauvinist”, Ibrahim said.
Zulkifli Mat Isa, 48, who was among the handful of Malays spotted in the sea of Chinese faces at last night’s ceramah, was testament to the Kuala Lumpur-based political analyst’s observation.
The Penang-born man who is now a Pasir Gudang voter told The Malaysian Insider that even Johor Malays were now shifting their views.
“Because of Lim Kit Siang. He’s the father of the Penang chief minister,” Zulkifli said, in Malay.
“Previously, people thought of the DAP as chauvinist. Now, they know. In Penang, there is no chaos even,” he said, of the racial clashes that BN politicians and their newspapers have been forecasting in the event of a PR victory at the 13th general election.
An interior designer, Zulkifli said that Johor Malays were also rising, even though they may not be as visible as the Chinese; they kept a tight lip even as they opened their eyes and ears to information obtained online.
“Now things have changed. Because people are aware. Anything but Umno,” he said.
Apart from Zukifli, who admitted to being a PKR member alongside two other friends at Sutera Harbour, there were pockets of Malays here and there in the crowd last night, including four youngsters huddling in the shadow of a lorry parked beside the main stage and who looked nervously around them.
One or two others who looked to still be in their teens were seen weaving in and out of the throng, dressed in DAP merchandise.
“Malays also know. Previously, they dare not wear even this,” Zulkifli said, and gestured to his red DAP baseball cap.
PHOTOS OF PAKATAN RAKYAT CERAMAH IN JOHOR
JOHOR WAS MCA’S FORTRESS IN THE PAST. IN THE 2008 GENERAL ELECTIONS, IT KEPT MOST OF ITS SEATS.
MCA only lost in Bakri parliamentary seat and Bentayan, Mengkibol and Senai state seats among the 8 parliamentary and 15 state seats it contested in the state five years ago.
HOWEVER, GE 13 MAY PROVE DIFFERENT!
Sunday, 21 April 2013 12:08
Uphill battle for Johor MCA
This time, Paktatan Rakyat is fielding heavyweight leaders in Johor in hope of initiating another round of tsunami in BN’s southern fortress, including DAP’s advisor Lim Kit Siang, making MCA’s battle in Johor a matter of life or death.
However, in GE13, Lim Kit Siang will lead the party’s assistant National Publicity Secretary Teo Nie Ching, Political Education Bureau chief Liew Chin Tong and other key leaders of the state in a closely watched battle in Johor, mounting an unprecedented challenge to MCA’s prowess in the state.
The arrival of these DAP big guns has filled the party’s ceramahs to the brim with supporters who stay until the very end of the show.
The “superstar” effects of Lim Kit Siang et al is bound to win DAP a large portion of the Chinese votes and DAP has set its eyes on at least 70% of Chinese votes in the constituencies it contests.
That said, these big names in DAP may not have established strong rapport with the Malay and Indian communities in the state, unlike MCA’s incumbents who have the chances of approaching Malay and Indian voters during their past five years of services as elected representatives.
It is therefore yet to be seen how many Malay and Indian votes DAP will eventually get in the state.
-Sin Chew Daily
CHUA JUI MENG TAKES THE FIGHT TO SEGAMAT! However, having worked in Gelang Patah for four years, he is relatively unknown in Segamat.
GE13 WATCH The battle between caretaker Human Resources Minister and incumbent Segamat MP Dr S Subramaniam and ex-minister Chua Jui Meng has tarted and both are expressing optimism that they can win this parliamentary seat in Johor.
Subramaniam, who has been the MP there for two-terms, has poured massive resources into the constituency, boasting of infrastructure projects worth almost RM1 billion in road upgrades and other projects, as well as flood mitigation efforts.
However, he has faced flak from small business owners for his handling of the minimum wage policy, on top of a tide of unhappiness with the government among the Chinese community.
Mindful of these factors, Chua is positive about his chances, despite Subramaniam’s repeated taunts that his opponent was out of touch with Segamat.
Chua can take solace in the fact that the 4,000-strong people who turned up at his ceramah earlier this week in Taman Yayasan had an equal mix of Malays and Chinese, as well as some Indians.
Ceramah turnouts though do not necessarily translate to votes. The crowd that night appeared reluctant when applauding for Chua, compared with their response to other speakers, particularly PAS’ firebrand Mohamad Sabu.
The sentiment is that the ‘Ubah’ fever has, to some extent, caught on with the other communities. They were prepared to listen – but remained neutral.
All factors considered, the battle for Segamat will be a tough one and victory will favour the side that can pull its act together in the next 14 days of campaigning – on top of a multiracial appeal that will make their chances significantly brighter.
Teo Nie Ching will be standing in Kulai parliament seat.
Teo Nie Ching, the incumbent Serdang MP, is expected to move down south to Kulai, Johor as the DAP continues its assault in a state which is seen as a BN and Umno bastion.
According to party insiders, Teo’s name is expected to be announced tonight by party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
If what is rumoured is true, it would be a homecoming of sorts for Teo, who hails from Batu Pahat.
It has been reported that either DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua or Teo will be contesting in the Kulai parliamentary seat which has 56 percent Chinese voters, the highest in Johor. Both have previously offered to contest in the Kulai parliamentary seat.
Saturday, 30 March 2013
Thousands at PR ceramah in bakri,Johor
A whole kampung quit Umno…..saying we dont want sampah! Kg Mohd Nor,Parit Sulong.Batu Pahat —
|10:03PM Mar 30, 2013|
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng confirmed that Bukit Bendera MP Liew Chin Tong will be moving from Penang to contest the Kluang parliamentary constituency in Johor.
Liew will be the second big gun in the DAP’s arsenal following Ipoh Timor MP Lim Kit Siang’s decision to join the race for the Gelang Patah seat in the southern state.
Guan Eng’s announcement at a ceramah in Kluang tonight did not come as a surprise as he had earlier dropped heavy hints that Liew would be contesting a Johor seat, the name of which begins with the letter ‘K’.
Replacing Liew in Bukit Bendera is likely to be Guan Eng’s political secretary Zairil Khir Johari. Liew won the seat in 2008 by a mammoth 16,112 majority against Penang Gerakan strongman Chia Kwang Chye.
Liew had last Friday made a farewell speech at the launch of the party’s Bukit Bendera election centre, urging voters to throw their support behind the new candidate.
“I represent the people of Penang to contest in Johor. I am very happy to be able to become a part of history, and hope to assist the DAP to win the seats there,” said the Kuala Lumpur-born parliamentarian.
Lim Kit Siang’s “suicidal” move to Johor
|Harakahdaily,||28 March 2013|
Mar 28: For DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, moving from a 81-percent Chinese constituency of Ipoh Timur to Gelang Patah where Chinese voters form 53 percent could be construed as suicidal.
But Lim said it was the right step to bringing about change in Johor, long considered a vote bank for BN.
“I hope I can initiate a political whirlwind in Johor without taking into consideration which BN component party would actually contest in the constituency,” he told Sin Chew daily.
To win Gelang Patah, Lim said he would need more than the Chinese community’s support.
In the last two elections, PKR lost twice to MCA, but the margin of defeat was significantly reduced in 2008, when MCA won by 8,851 votes.
Lim said winning in Johor is crucial for PR in order to end BN’s hegemony.
“Johor is not only the cradle of UMNO, it is also a strong fortress for both MCA and Umno. If they are thumped by Pakatan in the coming election, there wouldn’t be any chance for them to stage a comeback,” he added.
“Will Kit Siang convert to please PAS?” asked Chai Kim Sen, its Youth wing’s secretary general, who said the veteran DAP leader had taken “the first step towards” embracing Islam in order to fulfill the requirement that only a Muslim be appointed as prime minister.
|Harakahdaily,||25 March 2013|
Mar 25: The suggestion by DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang that he and other party leaders could contest under PAS or PKR if DAP is suspended or de-registered before the coming polls has riled up MCA.
The Chinese-only party today turned the issue into one of religion, even asking whether Lim would convert to Islam.
Without elaborating how, Chai said by standing as a candidate on a PAS ticket, DAP was being ‘subservient’ to PAS.
“It is sad to see DAP having to ask favours from PAS, yet it only proves that what we have been saying all along is correct; that DAP is and always will be subservient to PAS and that there is no equality among the component parties of Pakatan,” he argued.
Lim Kt Siang is reported by China Press and Sinchew Daily as challenging MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek to face him in the BN stronghold of Gelang Patah but it is NOT true.
|1:57PM Mar 25, 2013|
However, Lim’s office later today contacted Malaysiakini to clarify that he did not challenge Chua to a duel in Gelang Patah during the event, and that the news reports were factually incorrect.
According to the reports, the Ipoh Timor MP told the crowd that his decision to contest in Gelang Patah, Johor, is to uproot Umno and MCA from their stronghold.
Stupid things politicians say ― Fikry Osman
March 25, 2013
MARCH 25 ― Yes, we know it’s silly season in Malaysia. You can tell by reading what the politicians are saying these days in the run-up to the 13th general election (GE13) that could happen in the next few weeks.
These politicians sometimes say the dumbest and most obvious things. Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said today that the DAP is out to destroy MCA by sending its big guns to Johor.
Wow, this is really brilliant deduction.
I guess he could not have said the DAP is focussing on Johor because of the number of urban seat there, the number of Chinese voters, and that the abysmal record of Datuk Ghani Othman and hangers-on like Shahrir and others make the southern state a good target.
So let’s follow Shahrir’s logic: DAP is targeting MCA. What is wrong with that? After all, Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek is telling all and sundry how strong his party is. His mouthpiece, The Star, is whacking the DAP every day.
So instead of running and hiding, DAP is going in search of its foe. Lim Kit Siang can choose to stay in safe Perak or Penang but is willing to take on Soi Lek in Gelang Patah.
And what is Soi Lek doing? Still hiding and hoping that some Umno guy will come to his aid, which is what Shahrir did.
LAST NIGHT AT KG MELAYU MAJIDEE
Malaysian Insider estimates the crowd to be 2,000.
Malaysiakini estimates the crowd to be 10,000.
One member of the audience told The Malaysian Insider that PR’s greatest challenge in Johor would still be the Malay vote, despite its many attempts to break into Umno’s support base.
Armed with promises, Pakatan blazes into Johor’s Malay heartland
BY MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
March 24, 2013
JOHOR BARU, March 24 ― Pakatan Rakyat (PR) hit Kampung Melayu Majidee in its pre-polls blitz last night, striking at the very core of Johor’s urban Malay heartland by pitching free education to the constituent’s new voters, and to its traditional pro-Umno supporters, a promise to keep the settlement preserved.
Huddled in the historic Malay enclave in central Johor Baru, some 2,000 people were warned by PR leaders that their government, helmed by the allegedly “corrupt” Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman, had plans to sell several villages within the settlement for lucrative commissions.
But Johor-born PAS vice-president Salahuddin Ayub, who is said to be PR’s choice candidate to replace Abdul Ghani as MB, promised this would not happen under the pact’s rule, should it wrest the Umno bastion of Johor in the coming polls.
“We hear stories that land in Kampung Melayu Majidee may be sold, Umno leaders are in discussion… and the commission is very attractive,” the Kubang Kerian MP told the attentive crowd.
“If Umno cannot even protect the land of the villagers here, we in PR will save it for you,” he promised, to loud applause.
“PR will turn this place into a national heritage village… Umno never thought about all this… tomorrow, when we no longer have these villages, what would we do then? Sing to ghazal songs?” he asked, referring to the traditional Johor Malay ghazal musical ensemble.
10,000 LISTEN TO ANWAR
No announcement of JB candidate
When Anwar arrived from a ceramah at Simpang Renggam, the crowd had grown to about 8,000 people. Within a quarter hour of his start at 11.25pm, it swelled to the 10,000 that was anticipated by the organisers.
Contrary to expectations, he did not announce the PKR candidate for the Johor Bahru parliamentary seat because the expected nominee, General (Ret) Md Hashim Hussein was unable to attend because of a bout of food poisoning.
It was 15 minutes past midnight when Anwar stopped, with the police contingent’s chief prompting the organisers that it was past the permitted time.
Mohd Salleh Ahmad, the acting deputy chief for the PKR Johor Baru division, who must have been pleased at the crowd size because of the brief period he had to organise the event, passed the word to Anwar who then wound up his speech with the usual cry “Lawan tetap lawan” (We must fight to the end).
WAITING FOR ANWAR IBRAHIM
Saturday, 23 March 2013: 11.26pm
The 5,000 crowd in UMNO’s stronghold is waiting. They have heard PKR vice-president Tian Chua and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution.
NOW THEY ARE WAITING FOR ANWAR TO ARRIVE!
Attendance at the much heralded PKR ceramah that was being held deep within the Umno bastion of Kampong Melayu Majidee in Johor Baru this evening had swelled to 5,000 well before Pakatan Rakyat chief campaigner Amwar Ibrahim was scheduled to arrive at 11.15 pm.
Early arrivals had to endure several distractions such as an unusually heavy police presence together with JB municipality officials who did not confine themselves to the usual concerns with security, traffic and cleanliness at the site of the ceramah which was a soccer field in front of a community hall.
They had also to shut out the music that blared from a loudspeaker located on one side of the field, positioned there by people with the obvious intention of making it difficult for the crowd at the ceramah to listen to the speeches.
But listen and cheer they did, to the better speakers of the evening in PKR vice-president Tian Chua and secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution who keyed up the crowd by pouring scorn on the standard repertoire of BN misdeeds. .
Tian Chua gave an impressive defense of himself against the sedition charge he is presently saddled with over comments he was alleged to have made on the intrusion at Lahad Datu byan armed group dispatched by the Sulu sultan.
Free Malaysia Today
Two more Perak DAP big guns heading south
The duo will join DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang to do battle in Johor.
TAIPING: Two more Perak DAP leaders may bring the battle to Johor in their bid to boost Pakatan Rakyat’s chances of breaching the Umno stronghold in the coming general election.
And Perak DAP will also see a shake-up, with new faces being fielded to replace “non-performing” incumbents.
The speculation is that Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran and Batu Gajah MP Fong Po Kuan may join DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang to lead the charge into Umno’s birthplace.
PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim has already announced that Lim, the Ipoh Timor MP, will contest in Gelang Patah parliamentary seat of Johor.
COMMENT Kampung Melayu Majidee, located in central Johor Baru on the route to Kota Tinggi, has long been an Umno stronghold that has invariably thrown its support behind the BN candidate for Parliament representing the state capital.
On Sept 13, 1999, they turned out in droves to see Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, then the appointed chief of newfangled Parti Keadilan Nasional, precursor of Parti Keadilan Rakyat….that just about set a benchmark against which attendances at future ceramah are measured.
Anwar will announce at the ceramah who the PKR candidate for Johor Baru for GE13 would be has sharpened anticipation in advance of the occasion.
Word that the expected candidate, General (Ret) Md Hashim Hussein (centre in photo), is Johor-born and an accomplished former Army chief – he headed our military contingent to the UN-brokered truce in Bosnia in the 1990s, was ambassador to Pakistan, and adviser on chemical weapons warfare protocols to Wisma Putra before joining PKR on March 6 – have combined to make this evening’s rally a gauge of the Kg Majidee electorate’s leanings.
Malay voters in Johor Baru comprise 51 percent of the 100,000-plus electorate, with Chinese (44 percent) and Indians making up the rest.
Will the PKR organized ceramah in Kg Majidee tonight, to be addressed by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, break that record?
If that happens, it may indicate a turn of the tide: in comes PKR and out goes BN!
MCA leaders want to contest in Johor, believing that they are safer there than anywhere from the Opposition assault, so it is with dismay, horror and anger that they have reacted to the announcement of Lim Kit Siang’s candidacy for Gelang Pateh.
Johor ahoy, Here comes Lim Kit Siang – A Kadir Jasin
March 21, 2013
MARCH 21 – After successfully delivering a knocked-out blow to the Gerakan in Penang during the 2008 General Election, the DAP appears to be aiming its next killer kick at the MCA in the coming polls.
So confident is the party that it has chosen Johor, the Barisan Nasional’s bastion in the Peninsula, as the battleground. It is so sure of making an impact in the state that it is sending its supreme leader, Lim Kit Siang, to lead the charge.
Even so Lim is playing second fiddle to PAS, which over a year ago nominated its Johor-born vice president, Salahuddin Ayub, to lead the charge to conquer the state. Salahuddin is PAS MP for Kubang Krian, Kelantan. Should the Pakatan Rakyat succeed in the assault, Salahuddin will become the Menteri Besar.
MCA the 2013 Target
After doing away with the Gerakan in Penang in the 2008 GE, it is only natural for the DAP to hunt down the MCA this time around.
Only by getting rid of the MCA could the DAP hope to consolidate the Chinese under its banner. The consolidation of Chinese votes under a single party, i.e. the DAP, will strengthen further the bargaining power of the community.
A solid block of 30 over per cent Chinese votes is formidable given the fact that the Malay-Bumiputera votes are split three ways among Umno, PAS and PKR and a sizeable chunk of Indian votes is with the PR.
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No way BN’s Johor fortress will fall
DAP’s prediction of winning 15 parliamentary seats in the state is unrealistic, says Pulai MP Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
JOHOR BARU: Nur Jazlan Mohamed could only shake his head when told the opposition, in particular, the DAP, has plans to win 15 of the 26 parliamentary seats in Johor at the 13th general election.
Pausing momentarily, the Pulai MP said the DAP was sadly mistaken as the unique attitude of the Chinese community in the state was to stand firmly by the Barisan Nasional all along.
“From one seat [which the DAP won in the 2008 general election) to 15 parliamentary seats? I don’t know where they get this [prediction to win big]. It is unrealistic,” said Nur Jazlan, 47.
Pasir Gudang MCA division chief Tan Cher Puk urges MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek to take on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who has announced his candidature for the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency, a MCA stronghold.
WOULD CHUA SOI LEK COMMIT POLITICAL SUICIDE?
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MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek has been urged to take on DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, who has announced his candidature for the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency, a MCA stronghold.
China Press reported that Pasir Gudang MCA division chief Tan Cher Puk said it would raise the party’s morale nationwide should Chua contest against Lim.
“So far nobody knows whether the president will contest in the coming general election or not. The MCA (members) in some areas are experiencing low morale,” he was quoted as saying.
The Johor Jaya assemblyperson explained that both Chua and Lim are from Johor, and a battle between the two in Gelang Patah would dispel the perception that MCA does not dare challenge dangerous constituencies or those contested by strong opponents.
He further argued that Chua’s candidacy in Gelang Patah could force DAP to focus their resources in southern Johor, giving MCA a higher chance to excel in constituencies in northern Johor.
Chua Soi Lek, referring to Lim Kit Siang, said,”No one would recall or remember what he had done for them.”
BUT WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER ONE THING ABOUT THIS MCA PRESIDENT, AND NOTHING ELSE: HIS SEXUAL ESCAPADE!
BLOGGER: HAVING HID BEHIND UMNO’S SKIRT FOR SO LONG, DEPENDING ON THE MALAY VOTES ‘GUARANTEED’ BY UMNO, MCA WILL NOW FACE DAP’S CHALLENGE IN A CHINESE-MAJORITY SEAT!
IT IS NO WONDER THAT CHUA SOI LEK AND MCA ARE IN A QUANDARY!
What Kit Siang hasn’t done – Jimmy Chia
March 19, 2013
MARCH 19 – Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek today rattled off what Lim Kit Siang has not done – which is not serving his constituents as the DAP leader keeps switching parliamentary seats.
Soi Lek has a point there.
So, what else hasn’t Kit Siang done?
* Kit Siang has not been caught having sex outside marriage. Whether physically or on tape like a certain MCA president.
* Kit Siang has not been accused of cheating the Cabinet like a certain MCA president.
* Kit Siang has not been accused of being involved in deposit-taking scandals like some MCA leaders.
* Kit Siang has not been accused for any kind of share manipulation like some MCA leaders.
* Kit Siang has not been accused of being a Lone Ranger like a certain MCA president.
Now let me tell you what Kit Siang has done.
* He has been at the forefront of defending the people and exposing scandals.
* He has served detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
* Jimmy Chia reads The Malaysian Insider.
* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.
Serving the people not in Kit Siang’s dictionary, says Soi Lek
By Zurairi AR
March 19, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 – Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek mocked Lim Kit Siang’s decision to contest in Gelang Patah today, accusing the DAP supremo of putting his party’s interest over the people.
The MCA president also accused DAP of practising racial politics by only contesting in Chinese-majority seats like Gelang Patah instead of pitting Lim against Umno candidates.
“Serving the people is never in Lim Kit Siang’s dictionary, he contested for the party’s interest and never the people’s interest,” Dr Chua said in a statement here.
Chua Soi Lek, “They should fight against Umno heavyweights instead of coming to fight a young and passionate new comer in a Chinese-majority seat.”
Chua Soi Lek and MCA feel directly threatened by Lim Kit Siang’s move!
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Mar 19: Leaders of MCA have been reacting with scorn the announcement by DAP heavyweight Lim Kit Siang to stand in Johor for the coming polls, in a move which analysts say could spell the end of the Chinese-only party.
MCA president Chua Soi Lek engaged in name-calling, labeling Lim a “hit and run” and “touch n go” politician.
“Serving the people is never in Lim Kit Siang’s dictionary, he contested for the party’s interest and never the people’s interest,” said Chua, who even suggested that DAP candidates should instead stand against UMNO.
ALL OUT ATTACK ON JOHORE!
Following last night’s confirmation by DAP heavyweight Lim Kit Siang that he will contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat this coming election, the opposition party is set to send more of its prominent leaders to Johor.
DAP leader Hew Kuan Yew, who is widely referred to as ‘Superman’ by party members and supporters, said secretary-general Lim Guan Eng suggested he to contest Johor MCA stronghold, the Labis parliamentary seat. He is giving this some thought.
Hew also posted the offer from Guan Eng on his Facebook page to gather opinions from netizens on what they would think of him doing battle in Johor.
“In accordance with Lim Kit Siang’s election strategy to move south, Lim Guan Eng had last night formally offered me to contest in Labis and challenge (MCA president) Chua (Soi Lek)’s son Chua Tee Yong in the coming election.
Monday, 18 March 2013
After weeks of speculation, Pakatan Rakyat officially announced tonight that DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang will be contesting the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in Johor.
The announcement was made by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim at DAP’s 47th anniversary celebration and ceramah in Skudai.
“It’s true that Gelang Patah was a PKR seat. But we can discuss.
“I hold the opinion that it is still a PKR seat. But if Kit Siang comes and assists us, leads us and becomes the Gelang Patah candidate, I give him my full support,” Anwar told a cheering 20,000-strong crowd.
The PKR de facto leader then invited Lim and all the DAP leaders to come on stage to endorse his decision.
PKR contested Gelang Patah in the last two general elections and lost both times.
Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau and state PKR chief Chua Jui Meng have been crossing swords in the mass media over seat allocation in Johor, a matter that has since been taken over by the national Pakatan leadership.
Monday, 18 March 201311.45pm
More than 30,000 people attended DAP 47 anniversary celebrations in Skudai.Friends message to say more are coming despite it being a monday! See the live link here
Speculation that DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang is to contest the general election in Johor will not affect the people’s support for Umno and BN, says former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Johor would welcome Lim’s presence there, and he was free to contest in any seat, Mahathir said in a cynical tone.
“I think if Lim wants to go to Johor (to contest), it will be welcomed. I think (Umno and BN) in Johor want to see him contest in any seat there.
“But I do not think he will make any impact (on Umno and BN),” Mahathir said when asked about reports that Lim, the Ipoh Timor MP, is set to assault the southern state that is an Umno bastion.
This time, let the tsunami come from the south!
After months of tension, the DAP and PKR have finally reached an agreement for the former to contest in Bentong, Pahang and Gelang Patah, Johor.
DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang announced this at a function in Batu Pahat this afternoon.
“We reached the agreement in a meeting between myself, (PKR de facto leader) Anwar Ibrahim and other top leaders of DAP and PKR last Monday,” Lim told Malaysiakini when contacted.
With an electorate of over 100,000, it is among the largest parliamentary constituencies.
It comprises two state seats: Skudai and Nusajaya. Skudai is held by Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau while Nusajaya is in the hands of Umno’s Abdul Aziz Sapian.
Being one of the very few Chinese-majority parliamentary constituencies in Johor, both the DAP and PKR state chiefs were eyeing it.
‘Let tsunami come from south’
Meanwhile Lim said Johor is an important battleground as it is one of BN’s three “fixed deposits” in the last general election.
“In the 2008 election, the tsunami came from the north, and this time we hope it will come from the south, that is from Johor, Negri Sembilan and Malacca,” he said.
Sunday, 17 March 2013
Acknowledging that Johor was Umno and BN bastion, the senior parliamentarian indicated that Pakatan would field its strongest candidature line-up to fulfill its goal.
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‘Johor is Pakatan’s frontline state’
With the right strategies and candidates, Pakatan capable of winning at least 10 federal seats, with DAP winning five to six seats, says DAP chairman Karpal Singh.
GEORGE TOWN: Johor, which has 26 parliamentary and 56 state seats, is the frontline battle state in Pakatan Rakyat’s quest to capture federal power, said Karpal Singh.
The DAP national chairman said it was imperative for Pakatan to make major inroads in Johor in the forthcoming general election in order capture Putrajaya.
He believes Pakatan was capable of winning at least 10 federal seats in Johor, with DAP winning five to six seats, with the right strategies and candidates.
In GE 12, 2008, the coalition of PAS, PKR and the DAP won just one federal and six state seats out of 26 and 56 seats respectively in Johor.
Kit Siang to contest Gelang Patah in GE13, say DAP leaders
By Boo Su-Lyn and Md Izwan
March 16, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang will contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency in Johor as part of the party’s push for more federal seats, say party leaders.
The DAP will also contest Segamat, Kluang, Kulai, Tanjung Piai, Labis and Bakri in the Barisan Nasional (BN) political fortress state to help Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win federal power in the national polls that are expected to be called in weeks.
Lim is expected to move from Ipoh Timur to Gelang Patah in the coming general election.“We want to win a cluster of new seats in Johor and help take over federal government because it is 50-50 at the moment,” a party leader told The Malaysian Insider today on condition of anonymity.
“Although Gelang Patah was won by MCA the last round with over 8,000 votes, it’s worth the risk,” he added.
PKR contested in Gelang Patah in the past two general elections, but lost both times to Johor Wanita MCA chief Tan Ah Eng. Tan kept the seat in Election 2008 with a majority of 8,851 votes, a smaller majority than the overwhelming 31,666-vote majority in 2004.
Chinese voters make up 54 per cent in the constituency, while Malays and Indians make up 34 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.
It is learnt three parliamentary seats are being considered for the veteran DAP leader – Gelang Patah, Kulai and Kluang, with Gelang Patah being the seat most touted.
In an attempt to win federal power, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang, who has been visiting Johor frequently of late, is expected to contest a parliamentary seat in the state in the coming general election.
It is learnt that the Ipoh Timor MP will be making an official announcement on his shift to the southern BN stronghold at DAP’s 47th anniversary celebration and ceramah in Skudai, near Johor Bharu, on Monday.
Several party insiders told Malaysiakini that the possibility of Lim contesting a Johor parliamentary seat in GE13 was “very real”.
However, it could not be confirmed that whether Lim would also name the seat he intended to contest, tough speculation has been that it could be Gelang Patah.