23 April 2018
GE14: Kit Siang to defend Iskandar Puteri parliamentary seat
JOHOR BARU: Lim Kit Siang will contest the Iskandar Puteri parliamentary seat in GE14, said DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.
Guan Eng said at a dinner in Skudai on Sunday (April 22) night that the DAP advisor had decided to stay put and defend the constituency, which was previously named Gelang Patah.
Race composition: 52.21% Chinese, 34.27% Malays and 13.32% Indians and others (including Orang Asli).
GE 13 (2013)
|DAP||Lim Kit Siang||54,284|
|BN||A. Ghani Othman||39,522|
GE 18 (2008)
|BN||Tan Ah Eng||33,630|
9 January 2018
simonthong Retweeted The Long Tweet
Let’s remember what these Analysts predict: The marginal seats most likely to fall back to Barisan Nasional include Raub, Selayang, Alor Star, Taiping, Beruas, Kampar, Gopeng, Kuantan and Gelang Patah.
Who are these Analysts?
(1) Lau Zheng Zhou, The Centre for Public Policy Studies, which is funded by The Asian Strategy and Leadership Institute (Asli).
(2) Lee Chun Hung, SEDAR Institute.
19 February 2018
MCA announces its Gelang Patah chief as GE14 candidate.
MCA Gelang Patah division chief Jason Teoh is slated to be fielded as the party’s 14th general election candidate in the parliamentary seat, according to MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong.
The Star quoted Wee as saying that MCA “cannot see anyone other than Teoh” to wrest the seat from DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang.
“He (Teoh) is popular and well-liked by Chinese, Indians and Malays in Gelang Patah, and is always around when needed,” Wee reportedly said during an MCA Chinese New Year open house in SJKC Yong Peng 1, Ayer Hitam yesterday.
5 February 2018
BN fancies its chances of sending Kit Siang packing from Gelang Patah
FIVE years ago, Lim Kit Siang registered arguably the biggest shock of GE13 when he sent Johor menteri besar Abdul Ghani Othman packing in Gelang Patah.
That victory marked the end of Ghani’s involvement in politics.
Surveys and anecdotal evidence suggest that Lim stands a good chance of retaining the seat, with traction on the ground still strong for the opposition. The worst-case scenario would be his winning majority being reduced.
But Barisan Nasional believes that the conditions are ripe for an upset for the following reasons:
* Some additional 5,000 to 6,000 of Malay voters have been injected into the constituency, changing its composition from a Chinese-majority seat to a mixed one.
* Add to that mix an up-and-coming MCA leader, who has embarked on an aggressive campaign centring on his service record.
Universtiti Malaya Academy of Malay Studies Prof Dr Awang Azman Awang Pawi said 70% of the new voters in Gelang Patah are Malays.
“The additional voters have lowered the percentage of Chinese voters by 2-4 percentage points. While I’m not expecting Lim to lose because of this alone, his margin will be reduced.”
At GE13, Lim defeated Ghani by 14,762 votes. Lim picked up 54,284 votes to Ghani’s 39,522 in the 52% Chinese, 33% Malay and 10% Indian seat.
Awang Azman said Gelang Patah’s return to MCA and challenger Jason Teoh will also put additional pressure on Lim to retain the seat.
Still, no matter how confident Teoh sounds, some of it comes across as bombast. A recent survey seen by TMI shows that support for BN in Johor is lower than five years ago.
And this sentiment has little to do with the performance of the state government but was a function of voter anger against the BN national leadership.
The fact is that Gelang Patah voters are like their counterparts in other urban centres, such as Ipoh, Alor Star and Seremban, where national issues resonate.
So, unless there is a seismic change on the ground between now and polling day, Gelang Patah looks safe in Lim’s hands. The best Teoh can hope for is to make a dent in the DAP’s man majority. – February 5, 2018.
4 February 2018
Take Gelang Patah seat loss as lesson, says Hisham
BN leaders and the people in Johor, especially voters in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency have been reminded to take the loss of the seat to the opposition in the last general election as a lesson.
Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein said all that had happened since the 13th general election had reasons behind them, and all parties, especially the BN machinery, had to win back the hearts of the voters.
“We should not take for granted what we have. I reminded the BN machinery (in my speech) who are (the number of people) in the hall is not enough, instead, the machinery must approach the voters outside the hall.
“Our vision is to see our campaign as being a healthy one, and not do things which could lead to hatred and division,” he told reporters after attending a meet-and-greet session in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration in Skudai today.
Also present were Gelang Patah MCA chairperson Jason Teoh Sew Hock and Gelang Patah Umno division chief Mohammad Khairi A Malik.
Asked by reporters whether Teoh was a suitable candidate for BN to recapture the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat, Hishammuddin said it was up to the MCA leadership, and the final decision by the prime minister.
He said the most important thing for BN was to field a candidate who was accepted by the people.
29 January 2018
If Mahathir cannot help create a wave of change among the rural Malay voters for the 14GE in the remaining 100 days, then no other political leader could accomplish this “Mission Impossible” http://bit.ly/2nk130a
Siapa kata tak ramai? Siapa kata LKS tak hadir? Oh, bos JASA
@DrPuadZarkashi yg kata… patutlah
Ceramah DAP di Gelang Patah semalam gagal menarik kehadiran 50 ribu orang. Lim Kit Siang tak nampak muka. Anaknya Lim Guan Eng jadi wakil.
21 January 2018
MCA man takes humiliation in stride, eyes Gelang Patah in GE14
The battle for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in the 13th general election was to have been between DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and MCA’s Jason Teoh.
But intense lobbying for a showdown between Lim and the then outgoing Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman saw Teoh being jettisoned, after MCA surrendered the constituency to Umno.
Teoh, who is the Gelang Patah MCA division chief, shared a video on Friday which retold the experience.
MCA has actively lobbied for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat to be returned to the party and Johor BN has also endorsed the decision.
If approved by the BN central leadership, Teoh is likely to be fielded in the constituency.
9 January 2018
Kit Siang recovering from op, will stand in Gelang Patah at GE14
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang is recovering well from surgery and is slated to defend his Gelang Patah seat in the 14th general election, said party officials.
“The doctor asked him to rest for at least a month. He is recovering well.
“I think he should be out and about campaigning by this month-end,” said a party official on condition of anonymity.
Lim underwent a laparoscopic partial nephrectomy on December 19 to remove a small, cancerous tumour in the left kidney.
Another DAP national leader confirmed Lim will be defending the Gelang Patah seat in Johor in the elections that must be held by August.
8 August 2017
Gelang Patah Umno zeroes in on Kit Siang’s voting address
Gelang Patah Umno division chief Mohd Khairi Malek has questioned the reason behind Lim Kit Siang still maintaining his voting address in Penang.
“This gives the impression that he wins and flees (to another constituency). As it is, he has not served the constituents in Gelang Patah,” he told Malaysiakini.
Although his voting address does not affect his candidacy, Mohd Khairi said the DAP veteran should have changed it to a Gelang Patah address since he has been an MP for one term.
“But he does not want to change his address nor serve his constituents,” he added.
Lim won the Gelang Patah seat in Johor in the last general election after defeating former state menteri besar Abdul Ghani Othman.
Prior to the 2013 general election, the DAP leader was the two-term MP for Ipoh Timor in Perak.
UMNO working overtime
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 8 — At least six banners have been put up in Gelang Patah, Johor, criticising DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang by making a play on the lyrics of pop songs.
The Star Online reported that the banners of the Gelang Patah MP were put up by unknown parties, featuring his face with messages signed off by ‘Gelang Patah, Patah Hati’ [translation: Gelang Patah, Heartbroken].
“Sorry, Uncle Kit Siang, we are not Rihanna, we don’t love the way you lied” reads one banner, referencing American rapper Eminem’s Love the Way You Lie track featuring Rihanna.
Another banner spoofs the massive international smash hit See You Again by US rapper Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth, saying: “It’s been a long way without you my friend, so I’ll vote you out when I see you again”.
Another banner reads, “You came in like a wrecking ball, all you ever did was break our hearts”, spoofing American singer Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball.
Some of the banners spotted in Gelang Patah, Johor, criticising
@limkitsiang by making a play on the lyrics of popular pop songs.
Does Najib even return to Pekan once a week? Somebody please pass the message to this guy named Ahmad Fairuz Othma… http://ift.tt/2vaZAhB
2 July 2017
We can win back Gelang Patah from DAP, Hishammuddin tells Umno
KUALA LUMPUR, July 22 — Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein is confident the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) can reclaim the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat from the DAP at the next general elections.
He said victory is theirs if BN members commit themselves to the coalition’s spirit of consensus, national newspaper New Straits Times reported on its website.
“I believe we can win back Gelang Patah if every branch and division leader including BN component party members work together for one true cause which is fighting for a better future in Gelang Patah.
“Enough is enough. It is high time that we stand united and show all the flaws of Lim Kit Siang,” Hishammuddin was quoted saying before 350 Umno delegates at the party’s Gelang Patah divisional meeting in Johor Baru earlier today.
1 July 2017
Banners were put up to undermine the Opposition: They showed Lim Kit Siang to be more important than Bersatu leaders.
Bersatu decries provocation over ‘too large’ Kit Siang in banners
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has cried provocation over banners placed around Gelang Patah in Johor that purportedly made DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang appear like their leader.
The Hari Raya Aidilfitri banners show Lim alongside Gelang Patah Bersatu chief Nasir Hashim and the division’s deputy chief Samat Atan, with the Gelang Patah MP in the middle and made significantly larger than the other two.
Nasir said in a statement yesterday that the banners were deliberately done to portray to Malays in Gelang Patah that Bersatu was only an “errand boy” to DAP.
“The banners are also aimed at creating a rift between me and Samat – as if I would be affected with (my deputy) Samat’s picture being larger than mine.
“The banners seek to portray Samat and I as errand boys to Lim by making him larger and both of us flanking him,” Nasir said.
According to Nasir, the banners were strategically put up in Malay-majority areas in a bid to sow fear and play on racial sentiments.
“For information, I have got verification from Gelang Patah DAP and they confirmed that they were not involved in putting up these banners,” Samat said in the police report.
11 May 2017
MCA ready to wrest Gelang Patah from DAP
KULAI, May 11 — The MCA is ready to wrest the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat from the DAP in the next general election, said its deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong.
He said, however, confidence alone would not be enough to win the seat as MCA members would have to work hard to achieve the victory.
“I was briefed a number of times by the MCA division on the preparations, and I find that the preparations are going on smoothly and according to plan,” he said to reporters after witnessing the signing of a cooperation agreement between Gemilang Coachwork Sdn Bhd and Greenpower Motor Inc in Seelong here today.
Wee said MCA was thankful to Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin who had announced that Johor Barisan Nasional would field an MCA candidate in the seat.
“The ties between Umno and MCA are very close. We are in the BN family and always discuss strategies to wrest the seat from the DAP.
Simon Thong Retweeted The Star
Yea, it’s MCA’s turn to get thrashed. Super generous Umno.
Simon Thong added
4 Years after Lim Kit Siang won in Gelang Patah…
6 May 2017
In Gelang Patah, Dr M swaps daggers with gold for Kit Siang
A month before the last general election in 2013, former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, in a symbolic visit to Johor Bahru, called on voters of Gelang Patah to turn the constituency into a burial ground for DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang’s political career.
On the fourth anniversary of the 13th general election last night, Mahathir was again in Gelang Patah, but this time he delivered a very different message.
Mahathir, who has personally claimed responsibility for demonising DAP as an Chinese chauvinist party, received a rock star welcome at a DAP dinner in Gelang Patah.
One DAP member even asked Mahathir to autograph a framed picture of the 92-year-old man when he was prime minister.
In his speech at the fundraising dinner, Mahathir even urged those present to loosen their purse strings to bolster DAP’s war chest in Gelang Patah.
“I hope you will be generous in helping DAP and Pakatan Harapan,” he said.
Gelang Patah is a parliamentary constituency that covers greater Johor Bahru.
It was a dramatic turn of events in just one election cycle and Mahathir, in his speech, acknowledged that there were still some who could not accept this.
‘Not betraying anybody’
Mahathir noted that Lim, who is now Gelang Patah MP, had been criticised for allying with him, once considered an archenemy.
“To (some of) the Chinese, Kit Siang has betrayed them. To (some of) the Malays, I have betrayed them. But we are not betraying anybody, we are for all Malaysians,” Mahathir said.
6 May 2013
Kit Siang triumphs in southern showdown
THE titanic match-up between DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and outgoing Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat has been won by the opposition stalwart. While Abdul Ghani led the early counting of votes, Lim eventually overtook the lead and pulled ahead to eventually achieve a 14,762 majority with 54,284 votes while Ghani received 39,522.
The hotly-contested seat saw a huge turnout of voters — with 95,071 out of 106,726 casting their votes.
Lim Kit Siang: Vote as Malaysian, not as Malay, Chinese or Indian!
Lim Kit Siang: The Gelang Patah battle is the battle of Malaysia. Let’s begin the battle now!
Lim’s campaign team said they needed 35% of the Malay supports, on the top of 80% Chinese and 50% Indian votes to win the battle.
With the Chinese and Indian support almost ‘clinched’, they are now all out to hunt for Malay votes.
“We plan to have more rounds in the Malay areas. Our ceramahs there are gaining pace but we need more improvements,” said a member of Lim’s campaign team.
Free Malaysia Today
The battle of old and new in Gelang Patah
Lim Kit Siang is trying new ways to engage BN’s traditional voters in Gelang Patah even as caretaker MB Abdul Ghani Othman calls for ‘status quo’.
JOHOR BARU: The Gelang Patah battle between DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang and Johor Umno chief Abdul Ghani Othman is a battle of the “old” and the “new” at its best.
Lim is “new” in the sense that his Gelang Patah attempt is his maiden foray into a parliamentary constituency with less than 70 percent of Chinese voters in Johor.
He entered the battlefield branding himself and Pakatan Rakyat as the bearers of “new politics”, which he said is in stark contrast to the BN’s politics of the past marred by racial politics, corruptions and mass abuses of power.
Ghani, on the other hand, is a veteran Johor Menteri Besar who has been guarding the Umno fortress for 18 years and a familiar face to the local voters.
His counter-fire campaign emphasises on maintaining the existing policies, political, business, and social status quo that was already great for Johor.
6.30pm – Gelang Patah: Dozens of Orang Asli children in Simpang Arang, clad in DAP campaign t-shirts bearing the image of Lim Kit Siang or wrapped in DAP flags, today welcomed the political veteran and other DAP leaders during their visit there.
In fact, DAP and PAS flags are to be seen everywhere in the village.
As soon as Lim, Skudai candidate Dr Boo Cheng Hau and incumbent Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua arrived at village for a scheduled high tea session, several angry Orang Asli residents started to explain the problems they are facing.
Among the issues they raised were the encroachment of their native customary lands and demolition of their ancestors’ burial ground due to the Iskandar Malaysia development projects.
Their village, which houses 180 families from the Seletar tribe, is located within special economic zone Iskandar Malaysia.
“If you can help us, we will support you. We make it very clear,” Orang Asli Seletar Welfare Associatio chairperson Iskandar Loki told the DAP leaders.
Pakatan Rakyat ceramah. Location:Taman Tropical,Kulai.
GHANI TRIES TO SCARE US WITH THE BOGEY-MAN: HADI AWANG MIGHT BECOME THE NEW PRIME MINISTER.
DAP has repeatedly stressed that it would support PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim to be the prime minister should Pakatan capture Putrajaya.
Asked for the source of the information he shared at the function, Ghani replied: “I don’t know. I read it in the newspapers”.
Haha, he has been reading the UMNO and MCA owned papers: UTUSAN! NST! STAR! ???
Vote Lim Kit Siang and you might get PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang as your next prime minister, warned Gelang Patah candidate and incumbent Johor menteri besar Abdul Ghani Othman to Chinese voters in the constituency.
Addressing voters at a function in Taman Melawati in Skudai today, Ghani said he worried about the implications.
“If it is true what they said today that DAP has agreed that Hadi Awang would be our future prime minister, ladies and gentlemen, Johor and I will be worried. What will he be going to do to us… correct or not?”
This afternoon, BN supporters waited for an hour to catch Ghani at what was meant to be a meet-and-greet session with the Chinese voters in Skudai.
However most of the people who turned up were Malays, with some Chinese who appear to be part of MCA campaign machinery.
“I wanted to meet the people, aside from just at formal functions,” said Ghani.
Gelang Patah MCA division chief Jason Teoh, who was initially supposed to be fielded in Gelang Patah, was also spotted at the function.
Asked about Ghani’s popularity with the Chinese community, Teoh could only provide a curt answer.
“Uh… I think we need time… that question is a bit difficult to answer, pardon me.”
Teoh led the 20-odd people in attendance to support Ghani, because if he becomes the Gelang Patah MP, he will have a ministerial post, which Ghani later said he was unaware of.
FIRST ROUND TO LIM KIT SIANG!
Kit Siang wants Gelang Patah win with multiracial support
GELANG PATAH, April 21 — DAP’s Lim Kit Siang wants to win the Gelang Patah hot seat in Johor with the support of all races, stressing today that his party will defend the interests of all Malaysians.
“I want to win but I want to win not just on the support of one community alone, say the Chinese voters. I want to win with the support of Chinese, Malay, Indian voters,” Lim told reporters at a press conference here.
Lim will be running against four-term Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman in Gelang Patah — a constituency where the Chinese vote is the largest at 52 per cent, while the Malays and Indians respectively make up 34 per cent and 12 per cent of the 106,726 registered voters there.
When asked about MCA’s slogan of “A vote for DAP is a vote for PAS”, Lim agreed with the statement.
“A vote for DAP is a vote for PAS, is a vote for PKR, a vote for Pakatan Rakyat,” Lim said, referring to an MCA advertisement in the Sin Chew Daily.
DAP’s Johor campaign begins, with loud cheers from Chinese for PAS
JOHOR BARU, April 21 — That 72-year-old DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang was feted like a rock star by thousands of people cheering and blowing on air horns last night on the first day of campaigning here for Election 2013 was no surprise.
What was striking at a rally here for the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency was the sight of the predominantly Chinese crowd holding aloft PAS flags along with those bearing DAP’s rocket logo.
And Kit Siang captured the mood of the thousands gathered here and perhaps that of the Chinese electorate throughout the country over the perceived fear of the Islamic agenda of PAS.
“They say a vote for DAP is a vote for PAS. Is that true? Yes it is. That is because a vote for DAP is a vote for PAS, PKR and Pakatan Rakyat.
“I say here tonight. This is the battle between the past and the future,” he said as the Chinese crowd cheered enthusiastically.
But the crowd’s enthusiasm last night was not restricted to Kit Siang.
When PAS vice president Salahuddin Ayub, who is contesting both the nearby Pulai federal seat and Nusajaya state seat, addressed them earlier, the crowd cheered and waved PAS and DAP flags.
“We are making history tonight,” he said.
“The Chinese are wearing PAS shirts and holding PAS flags. PAS members too are wearing DAP shirts.
“If the Chinese can wear PAS shirts this means that Umno can fall.”
Cooperation between the secular DAP and the Islamist PAS has always been a delicate issue for the Chinese, but conventional wisdom has been turned on its head due to developments in the past 48 hours.
After the Registrar of Societies (RoS) had thrown into doubt the legitimacy of DAP’s office bearers on the eve of nomination day, the secular party had considered using PAS’s logo for its candidates.
But the Election Commission allowed the DAP to continue using its rocket logo at Nomination Day yesterday, but the offer by PAS to DAP to borrow its logo appears to have brought the two parties closer together.
LIM KIT SIANG IS THE SPEARHEAD OF THE LANCE THRUST AT THE HEART OF UMNO-LAND IN JOHORE.
YES, MCA IS OUT AND UMNO IS IN! MCA kowtows to UMNO’s wishes…
BUT ALL PREDICT THAT THE END IS NIGH FOR LIM KIT SIANG….
Lim Kit Siang, “The Gelang Patah battle is the battle of Malaysia. Let’s begin the battle now.”
Free Malaysia Today
Battle of Malaysia’: Kit Siang vs Ghani
A three-cornered fight turned up to be stillborn for the Gelang Patah seat.
JOHOR BARU: DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang shook hands with Johor Umno chief Abdul Ghani Othman after they filed in their nomination papers today – and the stage is set for the clash of the two political titans for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat.
Kit Siang briefly greeted Ghani as they were led to a private room by Election Commission officials after the nomination closed today.
A short while late, the EC confirmed the candidacies of Kit Siang and Ghani.
Earlier, a retired army personnel R Rajendran, who intended to join the race as an Independent, withdrew his application before the nominations closed.
CT Ali, a Free Malaysia Today columnist believes that Lim Kit Sianh will lose. Is he right?
Well, he said this about Anwar Ibrahim: PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim talked about doing battle in Perak but when Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told him, “We will bury you and end your political career in Perak”, he slinked back to Permatang Pauh.
Free Malaysia Today
Pakatan should not get carried away
What does Lim Kit Siang think he is doing when he announced to all and sundry that he will be the white knight riding into Johor on a DAP ticket to do battle in Gelang Patah?
What sort of a strategy is this? You give Barisan Nasional enough time to plan a counter -attack, and now Lim most probably has Abdul Ghani Othman to contend with. Checkmate!
The fact that Lim did not factor this eventuality clearly shows that in poltics Umno tasted salt long before DAP did.
CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.
Kit Siang said the political fight in Gelang Patah was a “do or die” battle for his long political career because the MCA stronghold seat had never been won by an opposition party in the previous 12 general elections.
“Four Umno bigwigs — former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman will make Gelang Patah my “political grave”, he told a media conference at Wisma DAP in Penang Monday.
Johor BN head Abdul Ghani Othman is the candidate for the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency, setting the stage for a grand battle with DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang.
The announcement was made this morning alongside the launch of the Johor BN manifesto at a hotel at Johor Bahru.
However, he denied that his candidacy is to “bury” Lim’s political career, but rather, is an attempt to defend what Johor has achieved all this while including the harmony among different races.
“I receive the mandate from the party and coincidentally the candidate from the opposition is Kit Sang.
“I’m assigned to defend BN’s seat in Gelang Patah, but not to bury anyone. It is for the victory of BN, which is my task,” he said during a press conference after the launch.
More than 1,000 supporters of Gelang Patah MCA division chief Jason Teoh, who has been dropped as the candidate for the parliamentary constituency, rallied last night to pressure MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek to reverse his decision.
Should Teoh not be picked to contest Gelang Patah under the BN ticket, they pledged they would give their full support to Teoh to contest as an Independent candidate.
“Can he contest as an Independent candidate? Can each of us donate RM1 to him?” asked community leader Jason Ang Kian You.
The excited crowd, which had gathered at the Gelang Patah New Village where Teoh was born, responded with repeated loud shouts of “Yes!”
ITS MENTRI BESAR GHANI VERSUS LIM KIT SIANG!
BN settles on Ghani to defend Gelang Patah from Kit Siang
KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman will defend Gelang Patah against the DAP’s Lim Kit Siang while the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) now seeks a safe state seat for his potential successor as Johor mentri besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, in Election 2013, say coalition sources.
Despite BN’s pledge to put new faces, The Malaysian Insider understands that the 66-year-old MB is the best bet against the 72-year-old Lim as the ruling coalition is depending on the Malay vote to carry it in the May 5 general election.
“It has been decided that Ghani will defend Gelang Patah as BN doesn’t want to risk losing its fixed deposit in Johor,” a source told The Malaysian Insider.
He said the MCA has agreed to give up the seat to Umno, under a strategy where the BN war room believes Umno candidates can beat back the DAP attack in Johor and other Malay-majority states rather than MCA hopefuls.
PKR ran 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.
WOULD IT BE A SURPRISE IF UMNO FORCED MCA TO GIVE UP GELANG PATAH TO THEM?
MCA has no hope of even giving Lim Kit Siang a good fight, so why should UMNO, which dominates MCA, risk losing a Parliamentary seat?
MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek has refused to reveal whether his party would be allowed to defend the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat, a day before BN officially reveals its candidates list.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Johor MCA leaders in Johor Bahru this evening, Chua would only reveal that BN would field the most “winnable” candidate to contest the seat.
He refused to confirm if MCA would make way for Umno in Gelang Patah, stressing that BN has a power-sharing formula and urged reporters to wait for the official announcement tomorrow.
BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak is scheduled to hand out appointment letters to confirmed candidates at the Umno headquarters in Kuala Lumpur at 11am tomorrow.
Jason Teoh, who was initially tipped as MCA’s candidate for Gelang Patah, left the meeting early. He told reporters that he had to attend another function.
Last Thursday, MCA confirmed that it would make way for Umno in the contest for the Kuantan parliamentary seat and two other state seats.
The state seats it is giving up are Kota Laksamana in Malacca, which will be ceded to PPP, and either Jelapang or Tronoh in Perak.
NON-CHINESE SUPPORT IS CRUCIAL TO PAKATAN RAKYAT’S THRUST INTO JOHORE.
In Johor, Malays express support for Pakatan’s non-Malay candidates
KULAI, April 14 — The predominantly Malay voters in Umno’s birthplace of Johor have expressed support for Pakatan Rakyat’s (PR) non-Malay candidates in the May 5 general election, reflecting the close battle for the state and Putrajaya in Election 2013.
Several Malay voters, drawn by the presence of PAS spiritual adviser Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat in a PR ceramah here last night, told The Malaysian Insider that they would go beyond race in picking the right person to represent them.
“There’s no problem in choosing non-Malay candidates, the important thing is that the people’s representative is good…there’s no use choosing (candidate from) the same race but in the end they betray their own race,” 64-year-old Nordin Borhan from Pekan Nenas told The Malaysian Insider.
Mohd Noor Omar, who has resided in Johor for 12 years, pointed to the ceramah’s scene where a mixed crowd was seen together as proof that PR succeeded in bringing together those from different races.
“The acceptance by various races of the PR leadership shows there’s no gap with everyone,” said the businessman.
“I have no problem… if the candidate is good, we set aside the party symbols,” said 48-year-old Sadiah Tengah from Senai, when met at the ceramah featuring several prominent PR leaders here.
JOHOR BAHRU IS KNOWN AS THE CRIME CAPITAL OF MALAYSIA. If you haven’t been robbed, you can’t be in JB!
Lim Kit Siang: We’ll make crime reduction our priority!
Kit Siang proposes to remove ‘capital of crime’ label from Johor Bahru
JOHOR BAHRU, April 13 – DAP’s Lim Kit Siang today proposed that the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) take on the alarming issue of crime in Johor Bahru, the capital city of Johor, as the opposition pact attempts to make further inroads in the Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold.
“Johor Bahru has become the capital of crime in Malaysia.
“If we succeed in ruling Putrajaya, the main agenda is we want to return Johor Bahru to be a safe and comfortable capital for all the people in Johor,” Lim, the DAP parliamentary leader, said to claps from the audience at PR’s launch of its manifesto for Johor.
How the tide has changed in Kluang
Last updated on 11 April 2013 – 10:07am
Analysis by R. Nadeswaran
A visible shift in public sentiment in this Johor constituency reflects how the battle is shaping up in what was considered a bastion of the BN.
AFTER the DAP’s announcement on March 30 that its elections strategist Liew Chin Tong would be the party’s candidate for Kluang, a small group of party leaders including Lim Kit Siang walked nonchalantly into the Kluang Country Club. Members, who were having their beers after finishing their round of golf, gave a thunderous welcome and offered the visitors the hospitality usually reserved for VIPs.
Three days later, it was the turn of Johor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Ghani Othman to turn up at the club with trappings of pomp and protocol. But the response was subdued even though it is election time when you could get an unexpected windfall. Ghani announced a RM100,000 grant to the club from the state government.
These contrasting events reflect how the battle is shaping up in what was considered a bastion of the MCA and the Barisan Nasional (BN). The donation although welcomed, was met with cynicism – if he wants to give, why should we refuse?
One of the doyens of the club is Lee Kaw. He’s 74 and was DAP’s sole MP in Johor for just one term – elected in 1978, after which the BN through MCA has held on to the seat.
Last Saturday, he made his first political speech in a crowded shop house in Kluang after 26 years. But Lee Kaw still retains the fire in his belly despite staying away from politics since 1982.
Lee Kaw came out of “retirement” on a request to oblige an old comrade, Kit Siang, to assist the DAP in shoring up support for Liew to wrest the Kluang seat. And the thunderous reception and applause he got when he finally spoke at the launch of the party’s operations centre was indicative of his influence on the people. It was not just from Chinese constituents. The response he received when he popped by for a coffee at the nearby Kopi Tiam showed his popularity.
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The Star, owned by the MCA, says that
1 Lim Kit Siang is likely to lose in Gelang Patah against Mentri Besar Ghani.
2 The Lim dynasty has upset State DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau.
3 The party’s entire foray into Johor is being questioned by state DAP leaders.
- 11 Apr 2013
- The Star Malaysia
- BARADAN KUPPUSAMY
in Kit Siang’s life
A victory against Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman would mean the first time in the DAP veteran’s 50-year political career that he has defeated a major Malay challenger. A loss would see him packing out of Johor and, probably, out of politics…
Kit Siang is pushing 72 and a defeat may well sound the death knell of his long and illustrious career.
DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, who is contesting in Gelang Patah, is not as invincible as he might seem. He has been defeated before – not once but five times in a career that spans nearly five decades.
Besides, Kit Siang and his junior – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng – have upset the apple cart in Johor and sparked the sudden disbanding of the three-man state DAP candidate selection committee.
State DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau, one of the panel members, has told friends he had invited Kit Siang in good faith to fight in Gelang Patah, which he had earlier been eyeing.
The veteran politician accepted but he is bringing along his “cronies” and this has caused bitter in-fighting and dissension among state leaders.
Kit Siang would need all the support and help he can get from Dr Boo, the current assemblyman for Skudai, one of the two state seats in the parliamentary constituency. (The other is Nusajaya.)
If he crosses the Johor chief, as he and Guan Eng had done, Kit Siang could hurt his chances in Gelang Patah.
The Lims, who control the party, are also bringing Liew Chin Tong from Bukit Bendera in Penang to Kulai and fielding “Superman” Hew Kuan Yaw in Labis.
Kit Siang and son, who is the Penang Chief Minister, had also used their “central power” to move current elected representatives from one seat to another in Johor.
All these moves, insiders say, is to cut Dr Boo down to size, as he seldom sees eye to eye with Guan Eng.
Besides, if Barisan Nasional fields Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman in Gelang Patah, as is widely speculated, Kit Siang will probably face the toughest political fight of his life.
A victory would see him make history by defeating a Malay candidate and capturing a constituency that is synonymous with the ambitions of Umno.
On the other hand, a defeat would send the DAP stalwart packing – not only out of Johor but, probably, also out of politics.
Kit Siang is pushing 72 and a defeat may well sound the death knell of his long and illustrious career.
He has contested in 10 parliamentary and eight state seats, the first in a by-election in Serdang, Selangor in 1968.
He moved to Malacca, then back to Selangor, and, after that, to a disastrous showing in Penang with his failed Tanjung projects to wrest the state from the Barisan.
After his defeat in 1999, he emerged in Ipoh Timur in the 2004 general election and remained there for another term.
He is trying out Johor, as he did in Penang and Perak – a tried and tested strategy to expand the DAP’s reach, to find new territories for the party and to help the opposition front capture Putrajaya.
His nomadic political lifestyle is part of a strategy to also centralise national attention on himself and to make the state he migrates to the focal point of his party’s national election battle.
He never contested to serve as MP but, always, to expand the party among mostly Chinese voters.
By his calculation, Kit Siang is sure of the Chinese voters, who form a slight majority in Gelang Patah. But he had not banked on the Barisan pulling a surprise of its own.
Ghani entering the fray, if it indeed happens, is wholly unexpected and is fraught with danger for Kit Siang.
This would make it a “Malay vs Chinese” electoral fight, the first time in Lim’s 50-year political life that he would be facing a major Malay challenger.
Besides, Ghani is mild-mannered, soft-spoken and enjoys a special relationship with the Chinese in Johor who, unlike their cousins elsewhere, did not wholly contribute to the 2008 political tsunami.
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Lim admitted that he did not anticipate Umno fielding such a big gun against him as he did not expect MCA to give away the seat to the Malay party.
Lim vows to stay put in Gelang Patah
He admits being intimidated by Umno’s Ghani, but insists he won’t pull out.
PETALING JAYA: DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang vowed today that he would not back out of the Gelang Patah race even if Barisan Nasional were to field the Johor menteri besar against him.
“Even if I’m facing the possibility of defeat, I shall not withdraw from the Gelang Patah constituency,” he said in a media statement.
Recently, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said Umno was considering Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman in the constituency.
Sources told FMT that Abdul Ghani himself volunteered to take on the DAP heavyweight during a Johor Umno meeting.
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DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang says he is emulating Umno founding father Onn Jaafar in calling on people of all races to back Pakatan Rakyat in Gelang Patah.
Lim rubbished accusations that his move to Gelang Patah was a bid to sow racial conflict so that Chinese voters would favour DAP.
“In fact, I have called on the Gelang Patah voters to vote as Malaysians, not as Chinese, Malay or Indian voters in pursuit of the Malaysian dream of a united citizenry.
“(This) was articulated by the great Johor Malay leader Onn Jaafar 61 years ago, when the Umno founder-president proposed that Umno should open it doors to non-Malays and that Umno changes its name to United Malayan National Organisation,” Lim said in a statement issued today.
He was responding to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who has accused Lim of trying to create racial disharmony between the Malays and Chinese in Gelang Patah.
Muhyiddin, “We have received much feedback from the grassroots; this is something Kit Siang did not anticipate. We see that he is now trapped there”
BN says studying pros and cons of fielding Ghani against Kit Siang
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
April 09, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, April 9 — Barisan Nasional (BN) is “looking” into the possibility of fielding Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Abdul Ghani Othman in Gelang Patah to face DAP heavyweight Lim Kit Siang, the coalition’s deputy chairman Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.
Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, claimed that grassroots support for the idea was positive, saying that Lim did not anticipate this and that the DAP stalwart “is now trapped there”, suggesting that the veteran lawmaker would likely be defeated in the BN fortress.
“We are taking into consideration the views of all quarters because we need to study the details thoroughly as there are pros and cons,” Muhyiddin told reporters after handing out gifts to SPM top scorers here.
Ghani is as scared as hell. He knows that he will be sacrificed. Despite his professed willingness to obey whatever Najib orders, he is actually most reluctant but has no choice. After all, who is Ghani Othman in Umno? His position in Johor is only at the behest of the late Sultan, who liked him. The current Ruler is said to be less fond of him.
Sunday, 07 April 2013 22:14
Relax, Kit Siang: Gelang Patah fast dwindling into an Umno-BN INTERNAL QUARREL!
Written by Nawawi Mohamad, Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
MCA-controlled the Star has been blamed for ‘breaking’ the Ghani-to-contest news and then setting up the opportunity for the Johor MB to ‘valiantly’ declare that he is ready to take on Gelang Patah so long as it fitted with Najib’s plans.
Obviously, it did not!
Soon after, other Umno-linked media rushed out to attack MCA president Chua Soi Lek’s, accusing him of being too afraid to take on Kit Siang in Gelang Patah, and therefore using the Star to pass on the hot potato to Umno and Ghani.
And Ghani, according to The Malaysian Insider – which has sometimes been accused of pushing ‘messages’ for the Najib camp – was so desperate he was only too happy to grab at Soi Lek’s lifeline.
As far as Kit Siang’s prospects are concerned, unless former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad himself came down, there is little chance for the DAP adviser to fumble.
Gelang Patah is a Chinese-majority seat, a real rarity in Malaysia’s heavily gerrymandered political landscape, and even if the Pakatan Rakyat fielded a Martian, the Martian would win so strong is the clamor for change amongst the non-Malays.
Otherwise Kit Siang – who stands to become a Deputy Prime Minister if PR wins GE13 – would not have fought tooth and nail to go there. Unlike Ghani, Kit Siang will really stand there.
The parliamentary seat, P162 for those who like lottery games, has about 79,000 voters where 54.06% are Chinese, 33.54 % Malays and 12.22% Indians. In 2008 MCA won with a majority of 8,851 votes, turnout was 77%. Gelang Patah is or perhaps was the MCA’s stronghold and the Chinese in that area have so far been able to accept BN despite its endemic corruption and racial prejudice. But what is the present situation now?
Numerous surveys have been conducted on the ground by workers of both BN and PR. The MCA, DAP and PAS have all been busy canvassing the grass roots at Gelang Patah and sources tell Malaysia Chronicle that findings by both sides of the divide conclude that the Chinese there will vote for the Opposition this time.
It is only the Malay voters who have yet to make their decision.
So unless Umno can swing in 8,000 Bangladeshi, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Pakistanis and Nepali voters into Gelang Patah, Kit Siang will win hands down.
POT CALLING THE KETTLE BLACK
Dr Mahathir, Promoter of Super Racist Ibrahim Ali, accuses Lim Kit Siang of promoting racial mistrust.
onday, April 08, 2013 | Last updated at 7:25 AM
Kit Siang promoting racial mistrust for own gain – Dr M
MUAR: DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang is employing a tactic of inciting hatred between the Chinese and Malay communities so that the Chinese would vote for DAP.
Former prime minister, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Dr Mahathir also said the former Ipoh Timur MP is only thinking of winning the Gelang Patah seat for his party, not for the good of the people.
It’s Ghani who will face Lim Kit Siang
Sunday, 07 April 2013 10:40
BATTLE FOR GELANG PATAH HEATS UP: Ghani willing to take on Kit Siang
Written by Maria Begum, Malaysia Chronicle
Johor chief minister Ghani Othman has voiced his willingness to contest the Gelang Patah seat if caretaker Prime Minister Najib Razak asked him to do so, a move that will pit him against DAP adviser Lim kit Siang.
“I’m open to all options. If he (the PM) wants me to contest Gelang Patah, I’ll abide by his decision,” the Star reported the Johor Mentri Besar as saying.
Kit Siang has already confirmed that he would fight for the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat. Gelang Patah became controversial after Kit Siang grabbed the seat from PKR Johor chief Chua Jui Meng, and sounded the DAP bugle cry to take the southern state by storm.
However, the DAP’s promises to turn Johor – the birthplace of Umno – into another Penang, now run by Kit Siang’s son Guan Eng – has alarmed many of the Johor Malay voters, giving Umno leaders a weapon to hack back at the Pakatan Rakyat led by Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim
If Dr Mahathir is to be believed, Lim Kit Siang would get slaughtered in Gelang Patah!
Dr M: DAP risking it with Chinese vote in BN’s Johor fort
By Ida Lim
April 07, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — DAP is taking a risk by counting on Chinese votes in Johor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said, dowsing the opposition party’s southern campaign in doubt by insisting that the state is still a Barisan Nasional (BN) fortress.
The former prime minister shrugged off DAP’s strategy of fielding heavyweights like veteran politician Lim Kit Siang to take on Gelang Patah, an urban MCA-held stronghold in Johor, saying he wondered why the party believes it could be victorious.
“That’s a risk taken by them. Johor is a BN stronghold. Don’t know how they think (they) can win there,” Dr Mahathir said in an interview published in Utusan Malaysia’s weekend edition today.
“Don’t know. Maybe, they received information that we don’t know. But as far as I know, Johor is not a safe area for opposition parties although we find that the attitude of the Chinese is not as before. But, we find now they return to support BN,” the former BN chairman and Umno president said when asked about the federal opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR)’s bid to take over Johor in Election 2013.
WHO WILL BARISAN NASIONAL SACRIFICE AT GELANG PATAH?
1 NO, DR MAHATHIR WON’T ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE.
2 NOR WILL CHUA SOI LEK. HE DOESN’T WANT TO COMMIT POLITICAL SUICIDE YET…
While the permutations of the proposition to field Ghani were being bandied about, a wealthy businessman-cum-adviser to Johor MCA urged party president Soi Lek to take on Kit Siang.
This tycoon advised Sok Lek to confront the Chinese community with the starkness of the choice that faced them in Gelang Patah where they constitute 52 percent of the electorate: either they vote him in or to write the MCA’s death warrant by electing Kit Siang.
3 WILL MENTRI BESAR GHANI? “NO…NO…WAIT!” he said.
After tossing around several propositions on how to tackle the DAP threat to BN’s electoral hegemony, the ruling coalition’s state chief Ghani suggested in jest that it looked like he would have to take on Kit Siang in Gelang Patah.
The suggestion, not intended in earnest, was immediately taken up by those who attended the state BN meeting.
That leaves Ghani holding the bag and now he is fighting to see if he can be retained to contest his state seat of Serom, a lifeline he has to have to keep his MB post just in case he loses to Kit Siang for Parliament.
COMMENT DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s decision to vie for a parliamentary seat in Johor has placed the proverbial cat among the pigeons.
Successively, the speculation has been that MCA president Chua Soi Lek and, when he proved unwilling, Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman would be fielded against Kit Siang.
Their status and identity confirmed the gravity with which the Kit Siang foray into Johor was viewed by the state BN.
The thinking was that Johor BN cannot rely on someone lacking in national name-recognition to repel Kit Siang’s challenge. An opposition giant would have to be contested by a BN formidable.
Jason Teoh, the candidate MCA has been priming for the seat they have long held, is an up-and-coming politician but lacks the stature to take on one of Malaysian politics’ storied durables.
Shortly after Pakatan Rakyat supremo Anwar Ibrahim announced in Johor Bahru on March 18 that Kit Siang would contest the Gelang Patah seat, Johor BN went into a huddle.
They reckoned they could not take the challenge posed by the DAP stalwart’s candidature lightly, especially when it was being billed as the focal thrust of a DAP-driven Pakatan campaign to make inroads into a BN stronghold state.
Saturday, 6 April 2013
When Chua Soi Lek see this he will not dare contest in Batu Pahat!……he will not even dare to stay in Hotel Katerina!
Despite news reports claiming that BN may field Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency, DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang declared that he will not run away.
“If Ghani wants to contest in Gelang Patah, I will not back off!
“We are not kiasu (afraid of losing)! We are not kiasi (afraid of death)!
“Su jiu su, si jiu si! (Lose or die, let it be),” he told thousands of Johoreans in Hokkien during an outdoor ceramah last night at Batu Pahat.
GHANI VERSUS KIT SIANG:
THE MOTHER OF ALL ELECTORAL BATTLES!
GHANI HAS SECOND THOUGHTS. MAYBE, HE DOESN’T WANT TO HAVE HIS POLITICAL CAREER ENDED JUST YET!
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The Johor menteri besar declines comment on speculation over Gelang Patah candidacy.
MUAR: Johor Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman today declined comment on speculation that he would contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary seat in the coming general election against DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang who has stated his intention to stand there.
“No…. no… wait,” he told reporters who pressed him for an answer. The four-term menteri besar was the state assemblyman for Serom in the last Johor state assembly.
Ghani was approached by reporters after he had looked at the preparations for the general election in the Sengkang, Bukit Gambir, area here.
He was accompanied by the former MP for Ledang, Hamim Samuri, and Ledang Umno Youth head Zaidi Abd Majid.
IT’S SUICIDAL: Ghani won’t be able to make it against Kit Siang – PKR’ s Poh Lai
Written by Wong Choon Mei, Alaa Soleiman, Malaysia Chronicle
Johor PKR leaders slammed the move by Umno to deploy Johor chief minister Ghani Othman to the controversial Gelang Patah seat, saying it would only inflict self damage and heat up the already intense infighting in the ruling party.
“No way, Ghani won’t be able to make a difference. Of course, as the current Mentri Besar, he will carry more weight than the MCA candidate. But Ghani is not Dr Mahathir,” Tan Poh Lai, the PKR Johor Bahru division chief, told Malaysia Chronicle.
“We are confident Kit Siang will win comfortably. All the PR parties are already on the ground, we will work very hard to defeat Umno-BN. It is a bonus if Johor Umno wants to press the self-destruct button, it only helps our cause.”
Kit Siang will win
Indeed, news that Ghani would take on DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang for the seat is poetic justice of a sort for the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
Johor BN MPs believe that Ghani is the ideal and most credible candidate to fight Lim in what has been deemed “the hottest seat in Johor”.
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Ghani-Kit Siang battle shaping up
Johor may get a new menteri besar if Ghani Othman moves over to Gelang Patah.
PETALING JAYA: Johor Menteri Besar Ghani Othman will likely contest a parliamentary seat and not a state constituency as speculation mounts that he is expected to square off with DAP war horse Lim Kit Siang on the “battlefield” of Gelang Patah.
A source close to the menteri besar told FMT today that Ghani is holding discussion with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak about moving over to Gelang Patah.
This would mean Johor is likely to see a new menteri besar in the aftermath of the upcoming general election, which many observers predict would be the dirtiest to date.
Ghani, 66, has been the menteri besar since 1995.
ANALYSIS The surprising news that Johor caretaker Menteri Besar Abdul Ghani Othman could be fielded in Gelang Patah to square off with DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang, has put DAP’s campaign team on red alert as the former might ‘sweep up’ crucial Malay votes in that parliamentary constituency.
Given that there are 52 and 12 percent of Chinese and Indian voters respectively in the semi-urban constituency, DAP was initially confident that garnering a majority of these non-Malay votes and slightly less than half of the 34 percent of Malays’ should easily tide Lim over.
However, it is expected that Ghani could slash the DAP’s Malay support to the minimum as Nusa Jaya, one of the two state seats under Gelang Patah, contains a high number of civil servants, housing the state administrative centre of Kota Iskandar.
Ghani is seen by many Chinese Johoreans as a moderate and humble Umno leader, and the recent property boom in Iskandar – which is also located in the Gelang Patah constituency – has won him some applause.
Should the four-term menteri besar secure 85 percent of the Malay votes in Gelang Patah, DAP would have to rake in 80 percent of Chinese votes and 40 percent of the Indians’ to defeat Ghani with the thin majority of 1.5 percent.
The proposal by Umno to pit its Johor chairperson Abdul Ghani Othman against Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah shows that the DAP veteran is a major threat to Umno, says a DAP official.
“That is why they are sending their biggest gun to the seat,” DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua said.
Pua admitted that Gelang Patah has never been a safe seat for the DAP and it was deemed risky to send Lim there in the first place.
But the gambit was deemed necessary for Pakatan’s attempt to topple the BN-led Johor government.
Pua conceded that the possible fielding of Ghani could be a two-edged blade, as his moving there in what is already a BN stronghold presents a clear and present danger for Lim.
On the flip side, though, it also showed that Lim was considered to be a credible threat for Umno and BN to adopt such a measure.
- 5 Apr 2013
- The Star Malaysia
- by JOCELINE TAN
Battle for Gelang Patah Kit vs Ghani?
A titanic tussle may be shaping up in Gelang Patah, with Johor Umno leaders urging Mentri Besar Datuk Ghani Othman to face DAP heavyweight Lim Kit Siang. The four-term MB is understood to have told the Prime Minister that he is willing to offer himself…
We hope he (Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman) will consider it (contesting in Gelang Patah) because he pioneered all these projects.
— DATUK PUAD ZARKASHI
PETALING JAYA: Titanic fights are looming on the horizon, barely a day after the dissolution of Parliament with challenges being thrown to some of the biggest names in Malaysian politics.
In Johor, speculation is mounting that DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang may not have the easy passage he is expecting in Gelang Patah.
Several state Umno leaders have taken the radical step of asking Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman to square off with Lim.
I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT! DR MAHATHIR VERSUS LIM KIT SIANG, THE MAN HE ISAed!
DR MAHATHIR SAYS NO!
Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has declined to accept the challenge by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to contest in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency as he had retired from politics and urged Lim to follow suit.
“He should retire and make way for young people because he has been active in politics since 1964. I had given the opportunity to young people when I resigned (as prime minister) in 2003,” he added.
According to Mahathir, the general election is a contest among political parties and not among individuals because only the winning party can form the government.
Expressing his confidence that the BN would win the 13th general election with a two-thirds majority, he said the coalition has regained the support of the people, includin
CHUA SOI LEK WON’T DO IT BUT WHAT AN EXCUSE FOR BEING ‘CHICKEN’!
DR MAHATHIR CAN. AFTER ALL, HE’S A DICTATOR.
MCA president Chua Soi Lek today said he could not be parachuted into Gelang Patah to contest against DAP supremo Lim on a whim because unlike his rival party, MCA was not a dictator.
“In Gelang Patah, our division chief Jason Teoh has worked there for four years so we must be fair to him and the 13,000 MCA members.
“If I go there and say I want to contest, how will the grassroots feel? I don’t have that liberty because I am not a dictator like DAP,” he told a press conference at the MCA headquarters this evening.
In contrast, Chua said DAP could transport their leaders to any constituency without the need to consider the local leaders there due to its dictatorial practices.
Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:03
Mahathir vs Kit Siang: CLASH OF THE TITANS
Written by Nawawi Mohamad, Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle
There is eager anticipation over whether Mahathir Mohamad would accept the challenge thrown by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang to contest the Gelang Patah seat. At the moment, most Malaysians as well as the leaders from the Opposition do not quite believe that the 87-year-old will do so. But what if he does?
Well, if Mahathir does then it would be poetic justice of a sort. Karma overrides even the best-laid of human plans. And the Pakatan Rakyat trio of DAP, PAS and PKR would have no one but themselves to blame for the late-minute miscalculation, which can set back their Putrajaya ambition.
Make no mistake, Gelang Patah is in the bag for Kit Siang despite his rather dramatic claim that he is putting his political neck on the line by shifting from Ipoh Timur to help PR wrest Johor. With an electorate that is 53% Chinese, chances are even if the PR fielded a Martian, the Martian would win because of the PR flag. No need for Kit Siang to come personally at all.
As for Mahathir – if he accepted the Gelang Patah challenge – he may lose because he is already so reviled by the Chinese community. Even so, many Umno watchers believe he can be a significant game changer in Johor. How so?
Well, they say his mere acceptance alone would straightaway galvanize the Umno candidates there. Many are already feeling badly demoralized and it would be an enormous boost for them to see an 87-year-old, nasty and devilish though he may be, take up the cudgels to help defend their party.
Lim said Dr Mahathir never left the political scene even after he stepped down, claiming it had been the influential leader who had “toppled” Abdullah from the post in 2009.
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I’m waiting for you: Kit Siang to Dr M
The DAP veteran has challenged his long-time foe to a duel in Gelang Patah to determine once and for all whose political career is to be buried.
PETALING JAYA: Like a scene from a Clint Eastwood western, two aging gunfighters are training their pistols on each other in what could be their last political duel.
Responding to Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s call on the people of Johor to put Lim Kit Siang’s political career six feet underground, the latter has now thrown a dare to the former premier.
The DAP veteran challenged the patriarch of Umno to contest against him in the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency in the coming 13th general election.
“With Mahathir still so active in Malaysian and in particular Umno politics, I invite him to come to Gelang Patah to contest in the elections and let the people of Johor decide whose political life should be ended, and whether Gelang Patah should be the political ‘kubur’ [grave] for me or him.
“I am prepared to submit my political life to the people of Gelang Patah, a microcosm of the Malaysian society, comprising some 53% Chinese voters, 33% Malay voters and over 12% Indian voters.
“Is Mahathir prepared to submit his political life to the voters of Gelang Patah?” asked Lim, who added: “I await Mahathir in Gelang Patah.”
After all, the opposition stalwart said, Gelang Patah has always been a fortress for Barisan Nasional with the ruling coalition winning with some 9,000-vote majority in the last polls and a whopping 31,665-vote majority in the 2004 general election.
“By leaving Ipoh Timor [in Perak] which I won with a majority of over 21,000 votes in the 2008 elections to contest in Gelang Patah, I am putting my head on the chopping block.
“With such a history of Gelang Patah election results, Mahathir should be very comfortable to win with a stunning majority in Gelang Patah,” he added.
Fight me in Gelang Patah, Kit Siang dares Dr M
BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
April 01, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 – Lim Kit Siang dared his long time arch rival Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today to face-off in Gelang Patah this Election 2013 for a polls contest to determine who should retire from politics first.
The DAP veteran (picture) scoffed at Dr Mahathir for insulting his prolonged career in politics, pointing out that despite the latter’s 2003 retirement, he had continued to stay in the limelight.
“It is no exaggeration to say that Dr Mahathir is in fact the ‘de facto’ prime minister, the person whom Najib fears the most as Dr Mahathir is the man who could still decide Najib’s political fate,” Lim said, according to his speech text from a ceramah in Taman Molek, Johor Jaya, this afternoon.
Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on the various communities in Johor to ensure that the 13th general election (GE13) will end DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang’s political career.
He also urged the people of Malaysia to end the political career of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Anwar Ibrahim and PAS spiritual leader Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat through the ballot box in the GE13 to be held soon.
“Lim Kit Siang wants to come here (to contest). I urge the people of Johor, all communities should pool their energy to ensure that the state of Johor will be the ‘burial ground’ for Lim Kit Siang’s politics.
“We must ensure that he (Kit Siang) loses in Johor. The state of Johor will continue to become the ‘fixed deposit’ for BN (Barisan Nasional),” Mahathir said at the programme ‘Bicara Minda’ organised by the Pulai parliamentary constituency’s service centre which was attended by about 5,000 people last night.