GE 13: The Chinese VOTE…

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MALAYSIANS, ALMOST ALL CHINESE, ARE BACK FROM SINGAPORE TO VOTE!

There are 400,000 Malaysians living in Singapore, mostly for work.

They are mostly Chinese, and their political leaning is against Barisan Nasional.

Why? Well, why not? What do they owe BN?

Why do you think they have to Singapore BUT RETAIN their Malaysian citizenship? They are Malaysians but have experienced the negative effects of being other than Bumiputra. They have been driven away to another country against their will to work and live.

A great number stay in Johor Baru and commute daily to Singapore to work. I have gone on that daily commute, to and fro, twice, and it was not pleasant to make it mildly.

Why can’t Malaysians find well-paid jobs in Malaysia?

Now, they are coming back.

In 2008, many did not come back. Firstly, transport was a big problem. That has changed.

*Malaysian Insider reports:

As the clock ticks down on the country’s most intense polls battle, tickets at airlines, railway and bus companies have been snapped up by Malaysians eager to make their voices heard.

Bersih Singapore co-ordinator Ong Guan Sin told The Malaysian Insider today that around 300 to 400 people had signed up for its carpool matching service, with registration for the service already closed, while the polls reform group also has one Penang-bound coach under its Jom Balik Undi (JBU) initiative.

A Facebook group that appeared to be independent from Bersih Singapore titled “Jom Balik Undi ― Kluang / Ayer Hitam / Sembrong” stated in an April 30 posting that 130 bus tickets sponsored by donors have been issued to those wishing to vote in the three federal seats stated above.

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/returning-malaysians-from-singapore-seen-as-significant-in-sundays-polls

See my post: Returning to vote? Not all Bus Services can be trusted! Trust JOM Balik Undi!

Another issue was the lack of information. Today, Facebook makes a significant difference. I have a Facebook page, and just over 3,000 friends. At least 200 are former students who have gone to Singapore for further studies or work. We keep in touch through Facebook. Political developments? They know what is going on.

They are also unhappy. Malaysians in Singapore have been excluded from the newly-introduced postal voting for overseas voters. Why? They consider that discrimination; some even think of it as BN’s way of making it hard for them to cast their vote.

Well, a great many are back to vote.

TO VOTE FOR CHANGE!

Malaysian Insider

Returning Malaysians from Singapore seen as ‘significant’ in Sunday’s polls

By Ida Lim
May 04, 2013

 

Close fights such as that in Kluang may be decided by voters returning from the Lion City. — Picture by Saw Siow FengJOHOR BARU, May 4 ― The return of Malaysian voters living and working in neighbouring Singapore will be a “significant factor” to watch out for in this tomorrow’s polls, regional observers have said.

 

Columnist Karim Raslan pointed out an estimated 400,000 Malaysians live and work in Singapore, with many of them hailing from Johor, one of the hottest states in the 13th general election.

He described the problems faced by voters originating from Johor, including rising property prices and cost of living, which he attributed to the Iskandar Malaysia economic region in southern Johor.
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When asked about the possible impact on polls that would be brought about by the Malaysians living across the Causeway, Karim said: “It’s anticipated that many will be ethnic Chinese and their political preferences will be fairly easy to determine.”

Well-respected local academic Dr Farish A. Noor said Malaysians returning from Singapore could play a huge role in areas where candidates previously won by slim margins.

“If the seats are marginal they may make an enormous difference.

“Remember that, at the last election, some seats were won with only a few hundred majority,” the associate professor from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) told The Malaysian Insider yesterday.

Farish also said that Malaysians in Singapore did not come solely from Johor, the country’s southernmost state.

“There are Malaysians working and studying in Singapore, but not all of them will be voting in Johor ― as many will also be trying to get to Selangor, Penang, Sabah, Sarawak, etc.
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Kluang’s DAP candidate Liew Chin Tong recently told The Malaysian Insider that an estimated 20 per cent of voters there work in Singapore, saying that he was counting on them in his contest against MCA’s Hou Kok Chung.

The Kluang federal seat is considered one of the marginal seats in Johor, with Hou defeating DAP’s Ng Lam Hua in 2008 by only 3,781 votes, a considerably smaller win compared to MCA’s 18,698 vote-majority in 2004.

Returning Malaysians from Singapore seen as ‘significant’ in Sunday’s polls

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THE CHNESE: TURNING TO PAKATAN RAKYAT!

Even Dr Mahathir says so….

Malaysiakini

Dr M: Perkasa candidates picked for polls ‘are for us’

In a programme on Media Prima Bhd’s television channel ntv7, Mahathir said the BN needed people from the right-wing supremacist group because “they are for us”.

“In the first place, when the government was weak, there were attacks against Malay privileges. “Hence, Perkasa was there to defend the Malays. The Chinese openly say they will not support the BN because we support Perkasa.

“They say at the most BN will get 20 percent of their (non-Malay) votes. But we cannot ignore Perkasa because they are for us.

“You say you do not want to vote for us (because we put up Perkasa candidates), but if we reject the people who are for us, where will the BN be? This is a reaction to what they say,” he said.

Dr M: Perkasa candidates picked for polls ‘are for us’

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News From Bloomberg

Malaysia's Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim

Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s opposition leader, center, arrives accompanied with his wife Wan Azizah, left, to submit his election nomination in Berapit on April 20, 2013. Photographer: Mohd Rasfan/AFP/Getty Images

Bloomberg News

Malaysian Chinese May Drop Najib as Fear of Riot Repeat Ebbs

By Daniel Ten Kate
April 25, 2013

Malaysian businessman Stanley Thai says he’s joining thousands of fellow ethnic Chinese citizens in abandoning support for Prime Minister Najib Razak and voting for the opposition for the first time in elections next month.

“Why are the Chinese against the government — it’s simple,” Thai, 53, owner of medical glove-maker Supermax Corp. (SUCB), said in an interview last month. “We don’t want our children to suffer what we suffered, deprived from education, from career opportunities, from business opportunities.”

Chinese, who make up about a quarter of Malaysia’s population, are growing intolerant of affirmative-action programs for Malays propagated by Najib’s alliance of parties, the most recent national poll indicates. Any mass defection by Chinese voters raises the risk of the ruling coalition’s first election loss since it was formed after 1969 race riots.

The violence of 1969 helped persuade many Chinese to back Barisan Nasional, which Najib has led since 2009, as they accepted racial preferences for Malays as the cost of peace. Thai said thinking changed when the government’s electoral take sank in 2008 with little sign of renewed social unrest. “Everyone said, ‘Wow, the time has come,’” he said.

Now, the opposition, led by Anwar Ibrahim, sees the end of race-based policies that have hindered companies such as Supermax as key to long-term economic growth. Najib counters that his gradual reform of the affirmative-action programs will assure stability and avert a slide in stocks and the ringgit that would accompany any opposition victory.

Read more:

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2013-04-25/malaysian-chinese-may-abandon-najib-as-fear-of-riots-repeat-

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Bloomberg

Malaysia Needs to Get Off the Road to Mediocrity

In his bid for re-election, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has dispensed with all shame. Vote for me, he has essentially declared, or Malaysia will suffer “catastrophic ruin” and an “Arab Winter” of the kind that has undone economies from Egypt to Libya.

Both warnings are ludicrous — signs of how worried Najib’s National Front coalition is of losing power for the first time since 1957. They speak to the desperation of a government that has come to serve itself, not Malaysia’s 29 million people. And they are emblematic of a leader whose talk of bold change hasn’t been matched by action.

Najib’s claim is this: Giving the opposition, led by former Finance Minister Anwar Ibrahim, a chance to lead on May 5 would reverse all the gains Malaysia has made since the 2008 financial crisis. The economy would crater, stocks and the currency would plunge, and chaos would reign.

Change through the ballot box in a democracy should never be disruptive or chaotic, and rhetoric suggesting otherwise is disingenuous. Najib likes to say: “The time has come for Malaysians to make a decision.” Actually, the time has come for Malaysia’s government to grow up.

Najib’s scaremongering, some of which came out of an April 17 Bloomberg News interview, smacks of the re-election campaign run almost a decade ago by then U.S. President George W. Bush. Instead of this vote-for-me-or-you’re-in-danger appeal, Najib should scare up some headline-grabbing reforms that leave Malaysia better off in the future.

Read more:

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Malaysiakini

MCA reduced to begging for its survival
9:52AM Mar 31, 2013

YOURSAY ‘Leave BN, serve without ripping off Malaysians; only then might they consider giving MCA a chance.’

Please don’t make us ‘eat egg’, S’gor MCA tells voters

your sayNadarajan Rengasamy: There is a stark difference between politics of yesteryears and politics of today.

MCA is today begging for its survival, but I still remember a time when BN dared the people to vote opposition if they were not happy with BN.

I still remember a time when BN laughed at opposition politicians. And I still remember the time when Umno Youth used to threaten the non-Malays to shut up or get out.

Dear Selangor MCA chief Donald Lim Siang Chai, times have changed. This is what we call ‘people power’. We have subjected BN to a humbling process.

MCA reduced to begging for its survival

How not to let you eat egg when you’ve ordered it?
9:56AM Mar 31, 2013

YOURSAY ‘If you have truly served the rakyat and the rakyat want you, there is no need to beg them to ensure you don’t eat egg.’

Please don’t make us ‘eat egg’, S’gor MCA tells voters

Ferdtan: There goes the confidence of MCA in Selangor when its chief Donald Lim Siang Chai, instead of motivating his party workers, appealed to the Selangoreans not to end MCA’s presence in the state.

This looks like he is begging for mercy. Lim, whatever your strategy of playing on the emotions of the people especially the Chinese to save MCA, it won’t work.

You see, Chinese in the past do have feelings for MCA. They were seen as protector of Chinese rights and Chinese education. So what happened along the way?

Most, if not all, MCA leaders are only interested in enriching themselves, looting the country’s till like nobody business along with other BN partners.

The love of the Chinese for MCA has now turned to hatred. This is an unavoidable divorce that we need to have to end the relation once and for all. There is no turning back. We have to move on.

How not to let you eat egg when you’ve ordered it?

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Malaysian Insider

Chinese vote still influential despite smaller number, analysts say

By Boo Su-Lyn
March 31, 2013

Of the 13 states and three federal territories in Malaysia, Penang and Kuala Lumpur have the largest percentage of Chinese voters at 53.3 per cent and 52.2 per cent respectively.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 — Chinese voters still wield clout in deciding a Barisan Nasional (BN) or Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win in Election 2013 despite their smaller numbers, political analysts have said, due to the way electoral lines are drawn.

The number of Chinese eligible to vote now stands at 3.94 million due to demographic reasons, or just about 29.68 per cent of Malaysia’s 13.3 million total voters, according to a report in vernacular newspaper Chew Daily last Friday.

“Quite a sizeable number of mixed seats still where Chinese voters, though marginally decreasing in size, continue to remain influential in the determining outcome,” said Merdeka Center for Opinion Research director Ibrahim Suffian.

“The way electoral boundaries are drawn allow Chinese voters to be influential,” he told The Malaysian Insider, adding that the Chinese were largely pro-opposition.

Universiti Sains Malaysia lecturer Dr Sivamurugan Pandian pointed out that there were between 64 and 68 mixed seats out of 222 parliamentary constituencies throughout Malaysia.

“Some areas are white areas for Barisan Nasional (BN), some areas are white areas for the opposition.

“Certain areas have to fight for every vote — that’s where the 64, 68 areas are important, maybe in the areas where constituencies were won below a 1,500-vote majority,” said the lecturer.
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Political analyst Wong Chin Huat noted that the Chinese vote would be especially influential if the Chinese voted as a bloc.

“Any constituency with 35 per cent Chinese people, if you have 80 per cent support, all you need from non-Chinese support is only about one-third,” Wong said.

“Quite a number of them have 35 per cent Chinese voters. If the Chinese support goes to 90 per cent, you only need 30 per cent Chinese voters,” added the Monash University lecturer.

Wong also stressed that there was no current data to show if the pro-opposition sentiment was a Chinese or an urban phenomenon.

“In many areas, you find urban voters are anti-BN regardless of race. In rural areas, Chinese support for BN is stronger too,” he said.

Chinese vote still influential despite smaller number, analysts say

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IF IT IS TRUE THAT THE CHINESE ARE TURNING BACK TO THE MCA, THIS MCA MAN OBVIOUSLY DOESN’T SEE IT HAPPENING!

I hope that not only MCA will eat telur in the coming general election but PPP,Gerakan,MIC,LDP.PRS,UPKO,PBRS all will have telur to eat!

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Selangor MCA chief Donald Lim Siang Chai is also an MCA vice-president and deputy finance minister.

Malaysiakini

Please don’t make us ‘eat egg’, S’gor MCA tells voters
2:00PM Mar 29, 2013

Selangor MCA chief Donald Lim Siang Chai appealed to voters in the state not to wipe out the party from Selangor as it has been working hard to serve the people in the past five years, despite being badly defeated in 2008.

“Although the voters had rejected us (MCA) in the last general election, we still carried on with our service.

“I hope the people will give us some votes. Don’t make us eat egg,” Lim said in an exclusive interview with Oriental Daily News.

Please don’t make us ‘eat egg’, S’gor MCA tells voters

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MCA PARTY VETERAN, DATUK LEE HWA BENG: THE CHINESE ARE STILL SWINGING AWAY FROM MCA BECAUSE OF UMNO!

Malaysian Insider

MCA will survive GE13 but with fewer seats, says party veteran

The MCA veteran further noted that his party also faced internal challenges within the BN from Umno leaders, whom he said have acted or made statements that have not only alienated its Chinese voter base in their bid to play to the Malay gallery but pushed the nation’s second largest ethnic group into supporting the fledgling Pakatan Rakyat (PR) opposition pact.

“Najib’s recent overtures to the Chinese are too little or too late to reverse this downward support from the Chinese voters,” he said, referring to Prime Minister and BN chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Thus, the general expectation is that Chinese support for BN will be significantly worse than the last elections,” he added.

Even so, Lee said PR candidates should not be fooled into thinking it will coast through electoral battles against the MCA’s candidates.

MCA will survive GE13 but with fewer seats, says party veteran

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It is important to ask the question, “Sez who?”

The NST belongs to UMNO, lock stock and barrel. It is UMNO’s mouthpiece. The NST is part of the Media Prime group, which has benefitted from the huge advertising fees paid by the prime Minister’s Office in recent months.

“Major beneficiaries were Media Prima and Astro’s TV and radio stations,” read the note. (See article below, ‘PMO splurges on ads ahead of polls’.)

In pointing to a swing of the Chinese back to BN, its purpose is to persuade the Chinese that it is indeed happening.

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PMO splurges on ads ahead of polls
3:37PM Mar 24, 2013
The Prime Minister’s Department (PMO) was the biggest spender in advertisements for the month of February.According to Maybank Investment Bank Research note on March 19, the PMO spent RM36.1 million, leaving consumer products giant Unilever Malaysia a distant second at RM13 million.PMO alone accounts of 7 percent of total gross advertisement expenditure for that month.”Major beneficiaries were Media Prima and Astro’s TV and radio stations,” read the note.The ruling party, BN, also made it into the top 20 list, spending RM4.9 billion in that month alone.”We expect ad spend by both PMO and BN to sustain ahead of the 13th general election, which is now widely expected to be called in April 2013,” read the note.

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THE NEW STRAITS TIMES: THE CHINESE WILL SWING TO NAJIB AND BN.

SM Chong Hwa’s fundraising dinner in Kuantan on Saturday, attended by Najib and other Barisan Nasional leaders, is seen as a sign of Najib’s winning over of the Chinese.

Around 20,000 of the predominantly-Chinese crowd filled Stadium  Darul Makmur to raise RM13 million to build the school, which the Chinese here had long fought for.

Sharing the stage with Hua Zhong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah and Hong Kong movie superstar Jackie Chan, Najib introduced himself as “Ah Jib Gor” to the crowd, drawing huge applause.

.About 20,000 people listening to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speak at the charity dinner at Stadium Darul Makmur, Kuantan, to raise funds for the construction of SM Chong Hwa on Saturday. Pic by Afif Abd Halim.

Read the article yourself

CHANGING TRENDS: As the general election looms, Najib, Lahad Datu and the economy are proving to be major influencing factors in Chinese votes

WITH Parliament expected to be dissolved by the first week of next month for a late April general election, political commentators are detecting encouraging signs of shifting attitudes of Chinese voters towards the government.

Many view this as a direct outcome of the government’s deep commitment to win back the trust and confidence of the Chinese community by meeting some of their needs.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak himself is making a strong push to rally their support.

The results are quite telling.
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Summary of article

The second trend is the sign of known opposition voters migrating to the “undecided” column ahead of the nationwide polls expected to be held by end of next month. Ti said people who were opposition supporters before were now on the fence, which was a positive sign.

The third indicator: Universiti Sains Malaysia political analyst Associate Professor Sivamurugan Pandian sees the Lahad Datu intrusion as a ‘game-changer’…..”The Chinese community…..might have seen that it is important to have a government that can ensure stability in the country. This should be considered as a turning point.”

Economics is the fourth indicator……the Economic Transformation Programme brought by the PM is working, and is another good point for BN.”

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With Najib leading BN for the first time into a general election, a strong shift in Chinese support is expected to cement his fresh five-year mandate.

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