THE THINGS THESE BN PEOPLE SAY ARE AN INSULT TO THE INTEGRITY OF MALAYSIANS, A MAJORITY OF WHOM VOTED FOR PAKATAN RAKYAT.
Analysts have said data from voting trends showed the outcome of Election 2013 was not simply the result of a “Chinese tsunami” as Najib has claimed, but a major swing in the urban and middle-class electorate that saw Malaysia’s urban-rural rift widen.
The Chinese are usually more reserved in their opinions and prefers to mind their own business.
Some attribute this to a latent transient mentality, while others with the accusatory; selfishness. The latter meaning wouldn’t act if there is no apparent gain. Don’t shoot the messenger.
So, when the Chinese turned up for the Bersih events and the 12-1-13 gathering, what were their purported gains? Then when they casted on May 5, what were their motivations?
To teach the MCA a lesson? To wallop the Umno-led BN government? To demonstrate their affection for Lim Kit Siang? To support the Hudud Law implementation? Just to exercise their rights?
Then what did we experience?
It was a magical phenomenon! The level of consciousness and the participatory inclination reached dizzying heights-a whopping 84.84 per cent of registered voters turned up! The urban electorate of Malays, Chinese, Indians and others plainly decided they want to play a role in shaping the country’s destiny. Theirs was an act of patriotism.
The BN received under 50 per cent of popular votes. If I were part of the BN leadership, for starters, I wouldn’t think the 51-plus per cent electorate were hoodwinked. They are all our stakeholders and they have every right to choose as they like. The country belongs to them too. We chose to offer our services to govern. We can’t sack them but they can, us.
The MCA The party was founded 64 years ago as a welfare organisation to look after those interned in new villages during the Emergency.
MCA became a political party in 1951 when together with Umno and MIC, they formed The Alliance.
Periods of infamy were when Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu resigned his presidency over the 1959 GE seat allocation dispute with the Tunku when he wasn’t supported by his leadership.
Next the 1969 election debacle, winning 13 out of 33 parliamentary seats contested. The Tan Sri Lee San Choon years of 1974-83 were regarded as the “Golden Years”. He even beat then DAP Chairman Dr Chen Man Hin in Seremban. The party won 25 out of 28 parliamentary seats and 55 out of 62 state assembly seats. This was followed by the leadership crises in 1984-5 and 2000-03. Then the 308 calamity of winning just 15 out of 40 parliamentary seats.
And now the GE13, securing 7 out of 37 and 11 from 90 contested. The Chinese with the penchant for naming events after dates; MCA has earned the moniker 7-11.
What now, 7-11?
There have been rampant calls for the President to step down immediately, after his announcement that he wouldn’t be a candidate in the party polls, within six months from now.
I think he must step down now and the MCA must not quit the government. He cannot select candidates unilaterally and then demands that the team shares responsibility.
The fact that it also captured Batu Pahat, the birthplace of Umno, must have been most painful for the BN coalition leader.
ANALYSIS On the night of May 5, the whole nation witnessed how Pakatan Rakyat achieved a major breakthrough in Johor, the traditional vote bank of BN, capturing five out of 26 parliamentary and 18 out of 56 state seats, a stunning, unprecedented victory.
The opposition coalition was only one seat away from breaking the two-thirds majority of BN at the state level.
The fact that it also captured Batu Pahat, the birthplace of Umno, must have been most painful for the BN coalition leader.
Undoubtedly this outcome was largely due to the substantial swing among Chinese voters to Pakatan, raising DAP’s parliamentary and state seats from one and four to four and 13 respectively.
A closer look at the results also reveals a slight increase in Malay support for Pakatan in certain areas of Johor.
A preliminary study of the results confirmed the support level of Chinese voters to be as high as 80 to 85 percent in hot seats, including Gelang Patah and Kluang.
Two additional state seats won by PAS – Puteri Wangsa and Parit Yaani – were likely due to a hike in Chinese support as well.
Malay rural-urban divide clear
While the swing in Chinese voters was statewide, the voting trend among Malay voters demonstrated a clear rural-urban divide.
BN’s majority in the Malay majority seats in the less developed east coast of Johor, namely Mersing, Tenggara and Kota Tinggi, saw an increase, if compared with the west coast and southern Johor.
However ,in southern Johor, the most urbanised part of the state, Pakatan could have garnered as high as 40 percent of the votes in certain Malay majority polling districts.
According to DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong, who captured the traditional BN stronghold of Kluang with 7,359 majority, it would have been impossible for the DAP to record a comfortable majority in several parliamentary constituencies without substantial Malay support.
Liew cited Kluang and Gelang Patah, which have 49 and 52 percent Chinese voters respectively. DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang wrested Gelang Patah with a whopping majority of 14,762 votes.
Lim: Stop racialising elections results – by G. Vinod (FMT) http://goo.gl/JbJ9f
Instead of putting the blame on Chinese voters, BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak, should also ask why Malays did not support MCA as even Malays and Indian votes shifted to Pakatan Rakyat in the recently concluded general election.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said not only the Chinese do not support MCA, but even Malay voters would not vote for the party led by Chua Soi Lek.
“By continuing to blame Chinese voters or claim that Chinese voters were misled by DAP to vote against BN, Najib is showing contempt not only for democratic rights of freedom of choice but also insulting the intelligence of all Malaysian voters.
“Sunday’s general election saw a Malaysian tsunami causing Pakatan to win the popular vote of 51 percent for the first time in history. Despite gathering more votes than BN from support by all communities, BN continues to blame the Chinese voters.
“The Chinese form only 25 percent of Malaysia’s 29 million population of which less than half have registered to vote,” said Lim.
Lim questioned how could the Chinese which form only 25 percent of the total votes, resulted in Pakatan raising its popular votes by 51 percent. “Who are the remaining 26 percent if not the Malays, Indians Kadazans and Ibans?”
Hence, he suggested Najib and BN should study why even Malay and Indian voters are not willing to vote for MCA or BN.
Increase in popular vote
Lim also said that Pakatan popular vote had also increased by 7.7 percent, from 58 percent which it recorded in 2008.
The increase to 65.7 percent in popular votes also debunks Najib’s claim that Pakatan only receives Chinese support in Penang.
Lim said the increase in popular vote for Pakatan can only be attributed to increasing support from all communities in Penang the Chinese, Indian and Malays.
Even though there was a marked increase in support from Chinese and Indian voters, there was also a slight increase in Malay support.
“Otherwise how could a state with more than 35 percent Malay voters give a 66 to 67 percent popular support for Pakatan for both parliamentary and state seats,” he asked.
“As it is impossible to win 100 percent support from both Indians and Chinese, the marked increase in popular vote and majorities can only come from increase in support from Malay voters.”
‘Stop blaming one community for BN’s bad performance’
BY CLARA CHOOI
ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR
May 08, 2013
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today demanded a stop to all attempts at racialising last Sunday’s polls by blaming a particular community for Barisan Nasional’s (BN) poor showing at the ballot boxes.
“This is unfair and unhelpful,” he said in a statement here.
The former prime minister, who stepped down in favour of Datuk Seri Najib Razak in 2009 after he led BN to lose its coveted two-thirds parliamentary majority in Election 2008, agreed that following Sunday’s polls results, there was a pressing need for the country to undergo the process of national reconciliation and unity.
He also called on the opposition to accept and respect the election results, despite the fact that they had lost by slim majorities amid claims of fraud and widespread irregularities in the polling process.
“Malaysians deserve stability and certainty that can only come with finality and closure from this election,” he said in his message to the opposition.
May 08, 2013
Putrajaya denies BN splitting races, quibbles think tank report
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Putrajaya welcomed a report by two think tanks today on Sunday’s smooth polls, but took issue with their view that the Barisan Nasional (BN) victor was a racial provocateur, pinning it instead on the opposition Pakatan Rakyat (PR).
The Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and the Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS) had found the just-concluded 13th general election to be only partially free, but not fair, even as it noted the 13-party BN was seen to have used state machinery and public institutions to influence the results.
“We are pleased that IDEAS reported that the recent election ‘proceeded smoothly and with minimal major issues,” a statement issued from the Prime Minister’s Office said today.
Sour grapes and sore winners — The Malaysian Insider – http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/sideviews/article/sour-grapes-and-sore-winners-the-malaysian-insider/ …
Sour grapes and sore winners — The Malaysian Insider
MAY 8 — There is really nothing worse than sour grapes, but in this case, they are sore winners — the Barisan Nasional (BN).
BN politicians still believe that the Malaysian public are uneducated —or, worse yet, plain stupid — when it comes to comments about how the various races deserted the winning coalition
The Malays are “greedy”, for supporting Pakatan Rakyat (PR). The Chinese, first blamed for pushing out BN in many seats, are now said to have been duped by DAP.
And that is how the popular vote went, according to these politicians.
But the only ones duped were the highly-paid strategists and the Umno leadership, plus their much vaunted war room (who incidentally leaked to the mainstream press that Nurul Izzah Anwar and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang had “lost” their seats).
And they actually perpetuated and believed their own news that the two-thirds parliamentary super majority was in the pocket.
Now, instead of blaming voters and insulting their intelligence, why don’t they do some self-criticism and analysis, and ask whether it was congruent for a party that peddles 1 Malaysia to field the likes of Datuk Zulkifli Noordin and support Datuk Ibrahim Ali.
They want equity. They want a better government for a better nation. Walk the talk, instead of being sore winners. Reconcile, we must, but not when the first thought is about racial lines.
Dr M: DAP swayed Malays to view BN as corrupt
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today accused DAP of spreading “propaganda” that influenced educated Malays into perceiving the “Malay” Barisan Nasional (BN) government as corrupt.
The former prime minister claimed this explained why some sections of the Malay community had voted for Pakatan Rakyat (PR) in Sunday’s polls that saw BN fared worse than the last general election, losing 7 more federal seats and the popular vote.
“DAP’s propaganda is this government is corrupt and this is a corrupt Malay government. This propaganda touches the hearts of the educated Malays.
“They want a clean government and are influenced by the lies that if the DAP fights against corruption and for that reason must bring down this Malay-led government. That is why we got that result,” Umno-owned Utusan Malaysia quoted him as saying.
Yesterday, Dr Mahathir, a staunch pro-Malay leader, said he was shocked by BN’s poor performance in Election 2013, and laid the blame on “ungrateful” Chinese and “greedy” Malay voters.
He said there was clearly a “Chinese tsunami,” using a phrase used by Datuk Seri Najib Razak immediately after Sunday’s election results showed BN had fared worse that in 2008.
“Most of the Chinese had rejected the Malays’ hands of friendship … And that was what we call the ‘tsunami’,” Dr Mahahthir said in a press conference here after Election 2013.
“At the same time, we cannot deny Malays who have become greedy. They all want power without considering the means, if they needed to sell out their race they will sell it out.”
Najib: Chinese duped by opposition
Posted on 7 May 2013 – 07:09pm
Last updated on 8 May 2013 – 12:56pm
KUALA LUMPUR (May 7, 2013): The Barisan Nasional won fewer seats in the Dewan Rakyat in the 13th general election (GE13) because the Chinese were deceived to vote for the Opposition.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said many Chinese were misled by the Opposition into thinking that the government could be changed if they voted for them.
“The Opposition, especially DAP, gave the impression to the Chinese that they could change the government,” he told a press conference after meeting Barisan MPs today.
“The fact and reality is that although the Chinese vote for the DAP in some areas increased to between 85% and 95%, the government did not fall, and the BN government still prevails,” said Najib, who is BN chairman.
The Chinese community, Najib said, had been told “a big lie” by the Opposition that their votes could result in a change of government.
“(This is) just like the Sept 16 promise (of Pakatan Rakyat capturing Putrajaya in 2008 through defections). The storyline (of a change in government) is not correct and exaggerated … a lot of spinning,” he said.
“The reality is that the bumiputras support BN, and the government will not change without the agreement of the bumiputras,” he said.
“With the support of the Malays, Ibans, Kadazans and Indians, the government will remain Barisan Nasional,” he added.
Asserting that the Chinese had been taken for a ride by the Opposition, Najib said immediate explanation should be given to make them aware of the reality.
Asked to comment on Utusan Malaysia’s headlines yesterday, Apa lagi Cina mahu? (What else do the Chinese want?) he retorted: “You blame Utusan but don’t ask about the Chinese papers?”
Najib, however, did not elaborate what the Chinese papers had said or alleged.