Barisan Nasional Won 38 seats Lost 12 seats
Pakatan Rakyat Won 18 seats Gained 12 seats
It’s heating up in Johor!
15 March 2018
MCA risks losing 3 more seats in Johor
MCA will be the biggest loser in Johor in the next elections, losing three out of the four parliamentary seats in the state, analysts said.
The second-largest component party in Barisan Nasional is only likely to retain Ayer Hitam currently held by its deputy, Wee Ka Siong.
“In Johor, MCA seats are the most at risk,” Ilham Centre executive director Hisommudin Bakar told The Malaysian Insight.
Similar to Selangor, Johor has many mixed seats. Based on 2015 statistics, Johor has 55% Malay, Chinese (30%), Indian (6.5%) and others (8%).
If DAP fields its star candidates, such as Liew Chin Tong, Teo Nie Ching and Wong Shu Qi, in southern and central Johor, MCA is at risk of being wiped out.
He said: “80% of the Chinese voters are pro-opposition. If DAP puts out strong candidates, it will win big.”
Apart from Ayer Hitam, MCA currently holds Labis, Tanjung Piai and Tebrau.
Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Chua Tee Yong is the Labis MP while Wee Jeck Seng represents Tanjung Pias and Khoo Soo Siang, who is retiring, Tebrau.
Adding to MCA woes, Hisommudin said, are youth voters, who are also pro-opposition.
“Almost 40% of the voters in the state are youth, they are pro-change and will not vote BN.”
14 March 2018
Zahid opens fire on MCA for second straight day
Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, who is also deputy BN chairperson, has again ticked off MCA over its electoral preparations.
Speaking in Rembau today, Zahid criticised Negeri Sembilan MCA for failing to send a representative to a BN event.
“Where is the MCA representative? There is not a single one. There is MIC, Gerakan, myPPP, but not MCA.
“Please show your face in the parliamentary constituency of Rembau even though you are contesting elsewhere.
“Help our candidate. You want seats (to contest in), but you don’t attend our programmes,” he was quoted as saying by BN Backbenchers Council portal.
The incumbent in Rembau is Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.
The parliamentary constituency has four state seats, namely Paroi, Chembong, Rantau and Kota, all of which are also contested by Umno.
Harapan Rally at Batu Pahat on Thursday 22 Feb 2018.
PR won Batu Pahat by 1524 votes in GE13. Racial composition: Malay 52% Chinese 46%.
In GE 12, BN-UMNO had won with a 12,968 majority.
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|38,563||50.1%||Mohd Puad Zarkashi
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24 February 2018
BN shaken as more than half Johoreans say new faces welcome
FOR as long as Malaysians can remember, Johor has been synonymous with Umno/Barisan Nasional.
Not anymore, it appears. The southern state may be the birth place of the country’s most famous political party but the umbilical cord has been severed with a new poll showing that more than half of Johoreans are agreeable to new faces running the state.
In a poll conducted by the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research last month, 51% of 1,007 Johoreans polled said they would give other parties a chance to administer the state.
Chinese voters were the most receptive to change at 69% followed by Indians (50%) and Malays (39%).
The sentiment also seemed to be more popular among Johoreans in the higher income brackets, with those earning RM4,000-RM6,999 at 67% and RM7,000 and above at 65%.
Urban and rural voters were evenly split on this.
The poll showed that while Johoreans were supportive of Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin, they were dissatisfied with the cost of living and the manner in which the country was governed.
In short, their unhappiness at the state of the country and economy was priming them for government at state level by parties other than Umno/BN.
11 February 2018
Learn village customs, Shahrir says on JB fracas
Johor Bahru Umno chief Shahrir Samad has offered advice to those who plan to visit his constituency.
“There are customs to be followed when visiting a village,” he said to Malaysiakini.
The Johor Bahru MP was asked to respond to a Pakatan Harapan meet and greet in Kampung Bakar Batu, Johor Bahru last night, which was cut short after being interrupted by angry locals.
Stulang assemblyperson Andew Chen Kah Eng, who was speaking at the Harapan event, had claimed the disruption was caused by Umno and BN members.
However, Shahrir did not confirm if this was indeed the case.
Gelang Patah lawmaker Lim Kit Siang, who was also present at the last night’s event, called on Shahrir to state his stand on the programme’s disruption.
“This is why my first reaction last night to the regrettable event was to ask the long-standing MP for the area, Shahrir Samad, who has been MP for Johor Bahru for six terms since 1978, for clarification, as I cannot imagine that Shahrir could be the mastermind or even countenance such an undemocratic event.
“I have always known Shahrir as one of the Umno leaders who is more committed to the principles and practices of parliamentary democracy, and I will be most shocked if he has so changed as to mastermind or countenance what happened in Kampung Bakar Batu last night,” Lim said in a statement today.
Harapan cries foul as angry group scutttles JB village meet and greet
A Pakatan Harapan meet and greet in Kampung Bakar Batu, Johor Bahru last night was cut short after being interrupted by angry locals.
Stulang assemblyperson Andew Chen Kah Eng claimed the disruption was caused by Umno and BN members.
“They have abused their power (in order) to frighten people and stop us from meeting the people,” Chen said in a Facebook live press conference at an eatery in Kampung Bakar Batu.
Also present were Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, Johor Harapan secretary Osman Sapian from Bersatu, and Johor PKR information chief Akmal Nasir.
Sporadic shouts could be heard in the background as Chen was speaking.
Osman claimed he had faced similar harassment by youths wearing blue shirts previously.
“Who are they if they wear blue, if not BN and Umno Youth, BN Youth (members)?” he said.
Osman’s remarks incensed an onlooker, an elderly man wearing a white kopiah.
“Don’t drag Umno into this. I don’t like it,” the man claiming to be a local, said.
The man continued to heckle Osman, who continued the live press conference by speaking louder.
The crowd soon became more agitated, until a youth wearing a blue hat told the Harapan people to “relax” and that “we don’t want trouble.”
After the commotion died down, the camera turned to Lim, who said he would reserve comment until he could get an explanation from Umno’s Johor Bahru MP Shahrir Samad.
The group then dispersed peacefully.
Wee Ka Siong is MP for Ayer Hitam, Johor. He won the seat by 15,652 votes in 2004, by 13,909 votes in 2008 and by 7,310 votes in 2013.
Composition in GE 13
|56% Malay voters||38% Chinese voters||4% Indian voters|
9 January 2018
Bring it on, Wee Ka Siong tells DAP
MCA deputy president Dr Wee Ka Siong said he is not afraid of DAP’s plan to take him down in the 14th general election.
“Bring it on,” said the three-term MP for Ayer Hitam in Johor and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
A source told The Malaysian Insight Wee should be “very worried” as DAP gave up two seats – Tanjung Piai and Alor Gajah – to Bersatu for the opportunity to contest in Ayer Hiram in the next elections.
17 December 2017
KLUANG: MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai has given the party’s blessing for Paloh assemblyman Teoh Yap Kun to defend his state seat during the next general election.
Liow, who is also Transport Minister, made the announcement at a gathering with MCA leaders and the community at a restaurant in Paloh here on Sunday.
He said that MCA’s list of candidates has been submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for consideration, and that the party was behind Teoh, the Paloh incumbent.
“We feel that he has done a good job in Paloh and is close to the people, so we have decided to back him as the candidate for GE14,” he said, adding that Teoh had the support of local voters and would be able to continue with his duties well.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/12/17/mca-wants-teoh-yap-kun-to-defend-paloh-seat/#Zml7WB9oVoSzDGDK.99
Teoh Yap Kun (BN-MCA) won by 103 votes.
|N30||Paloh||Teoh Yap Kun
Hoo Seong Chang (BN–MCA) won by 2,794 votes
|N30||Paloh||Hoo Seong Chang
|6,988||62.4%||Tan Ting Chow
30 September 2017
The present crop of Umno leaders are inept and voters should let them “mampus” (die) in the next general election, said Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
This is because they still blindly believe in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, he said, pointing to a conversation he had with a minister he supposedly did not want to name as an example.
“I met with a minister, I don’t want to say his name. I said: ‘eh, Shahidan’… Ah, I accidentally said the name… I asked him: ‘Shahidan, why do you still follow (Najib) as your leader?’” related Mahathir at a ceramah in Pulai, Johor last night.
Mahathir was referring to Shahidan Kassim, the former Perlis menteri besar and currently a minister in the Prime Minister’s Department.
“Shahidan said, ‘No, he did not take anything.’ He said the attorney-general, Mohamed Apandi Ali, had said he did not take (money). So he believed what Apandi said.
“You have such leaders who can believe someone who was appointed specifically to save Najib, we know the type of leaders we have now. All closed their eyes, mouth and ears,” said Mahathir.
These leaders, who are ministers and deputy ministers, are blind because they have been fed with “dedak” (animal feed), the former prime minister said.
Soon, he said, Najib will also be stuffing “dedak” into their noses.
“When that happens, what will become of them? Mampus (dead), that’s what will happen to them.
“Those who love the country and want to save the country, let them die. Do not vote for them. Topple BN, Umno and their leaders, including Najib,” he thundered.
26 September 2017
What a Johor win in GE14 means for PPBM
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 26 — It is not easy when your former Umno colleagues are now your rivals, and are attacking the very achievements that they helped build during their time with Barisan Nasional.
Fresh from celebrating its one-year anniversary, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PBBM) have been doing just that, and are trying their best to penetrate the rural Malay vote base in Johor through small-scale ceramahs featuring top leaders like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Their message to Malay voters in the Umno stronghold is simple: make the switch and vote for PPBM and by extension Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the 14th general election to ensure better governance and a corruption-free administration.
The perfect ‘Malay tsunami’
PPBM’s aim in the 14th general election is to engineer a “Malay tsunami” for PH by contesting in traditional Umno seats and presumably winning them, while other component parties DAP, Amanah and PKR secure voters for the Chinese and mixed-seats.And according to Johor PPBM secretary Datuk Osman Sapian, the first wave of such a “Malay tsunami” is already taking place, as evidenced by the PPBM branches that have been established in under a year and their recruits.“We in PPBM consider ourselves to be the root of Pakatan Harapan in Johor. We have 26 branches and 50,000 members in Johor alone. So if we look at this, we are the main opposition party leading the charge here,” he told Malay Mail Online.Osman claimed that things are changing fast in the state, with PPBM managing to conduct ceramahs and open up branches in Felda constituencies and villages, a scenario previously unheard of due to Umno’s support among Malays
9 September 2017
Muar may be ripe for the taking by Pakatan Harapan. BN-UMNO won by 1,646 votes in GE 13. Can you imagine what could happen if Muhyiddin Yassin contested there? He could pick up many Malay voters as well as most of the Chinese and Indian votes.
|20,867||51.0%||Nor Hizwan Ahmad
Bersatu and its anchor for the northern Johor assault
Lu Wei Hoong Published
“Muar is an easy target because of the larger Chinese population and there is no Felda.
“He (Muhyiddin) can also recruit the help of his brother Abdul Aziz Yassin,” said the local Bersatu leader, who leads a division in northern Johor. This view is similarly shared by Bersatu’s partners in Muar.
“Abdul Aziz still wields strong influence in Muar as he is popular among the older generation,” a local DAP leader in Muar told Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity.
Abdul Aziz was the Muar MP and Umno division chief in the 1990s. He had since defected to Bersatu and now serves as a supreme council member.
7 September 2017
Will Muhyiddin Yassin, who won Pagoh as a BN candidate, win it as a Pakatan Harapan candidate?
|26,274||64.8%||Mohamad Rozali Jamil
According to the first quarter electoral roll of 2016, Pagoh has a total of 46,968 registered voters comprising 66 percent Malays, 30 percent Chinese and four percent Indian.
Muhyiddin, Pagoh and the coup of Permatang Pauh
The parliamentary seat of Pagoh, located downstream of the Muar river, has been an Umno fortress since its inception in 1974.
Muhyiddin, now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) president, will seek to end BN’s winning streak in Pagoh in the 14th general election, but he will not be the first sacked deputy prime minister to attempt the feat.
There are some parallels between Pagoh and the once BN fortress of Permatang Pauh, which became a PKR (then Parti Keadilan Nasional) stronghold, following the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim as deputy prime minister in 1998.
Muhyiddin, like Anwar, is the second BN MP to have served their Malay-majority constituencies since the seats were created.
Both had also served for lengthy periods before their dismissal, with Anwar having been Permatang Pauh MP for 17 years. Muhyiddin, excluding a two-term gap when he was Johor menteri besar, had served 29 years as Pagoh MP when he was sacked.
If Muhyiddin can succeed in replicating Anwar’s success, who did so through his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, he will be able to do more damage by punching a hole in BN’s “sphere of power”.
For many who call Pagoh home, they have been traditionally involved in the agriculture and plantations sector due to the constituency’s proximity to the Muar river.
They also remember Muhyiddin as the man who used his influence as deputy prime minister and education minister to transform the constituency into a northern education hub for Johor through Bandar Universiti Pagoh.
The new township has attracted three universities and one polytechnic college, namely International Islamic University of Malaysia, Universiti Tun Hussein Onn, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia and Politeknik Malaysia Tun Syed Nasir.
Bandar Universiti Pagoh, located just within five kilometres of the North-South expressway, is also expected to play host to the Malaysia-Singapore High Speed Rail terminal for Muar.
According to local Umno sources, 700 out of 23,000 Umno members in Pagoh had joined Bersatu.
However, Bersatu operatives in Pagoh told Malaysiakinithey have recruited at least 4,000 Umno members to their side.
Having attracted almost 20 percent of Umno members is unlikely sufficient to ensure Bersatu’s victory in Pagoh but coupled with other opposition supporters, Bersatu can for the first time mount a serious challenge in the constituency.
Under BN, Muhyiddin had won Pagoh with a 12,842-vote majority during the last general election.
The key will be the bulk of members still loyal to Umno but may be disgruntled at the treatment of Muhyiddin, whom many still respect.
6 September 2017
‘Body language of Johoreans signalises wave of change’
Johor has always been known as a bastion for BN but recent developments in the state have undoubtedly changed this.
Following Jorak assemblyperson Shahruddin Salleh’s departure from Umno to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) in October last year, BN, for the very first time, lost its two-thirds majority in the Johor legislative assembly.
Citing the time spent thus far with constituents in the state, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub said he could “feel the warm approach”.
“I can see their body language, how they approach us nowadays, (it’s) more welcoming.
“Based on my experience in politics, I can feel the signs of change this time around,” the Johor Amanah adviser told Malaysiakini in an interview.
Salahuddin attributed the change to the concept of “only diamond can cut diamond”, citing Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad as well as Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin, who still wields significant influence in the state.
“With Pakatan Harapan in the frame, coupled with the split in Umno, it has made it easier for us to convince Malays on important issues, such as 1MDB and the goods and services tax (GST).
“But I concur with (PKR vice-president) Rafizi Ramli that the 1MDB issue is not so effective in rural areas, for the people are more concerned about the GST. People in the villages have experienced how the cost of living has indeed risen,” he said.
Unlike in the past, Harapan is now able to penetrate traditional villages and Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) settlements – areas considered as the last bastion for BN, Salahuddin claimed.
So what has Harapan been doing in Johor to secure the support of voters in the state?
With non-Malay voters, Salahuddin is confident of their support, citing the reception received during various fund-raising dinners thus far.
With Malay voters, Salahuddin admitted that a more careful and wise approach needed to be utilised to get near to them.
Small-scale programmes such as visits to villages, he said, had given “such a big impact”.
“Even though the turnout may be between 200 to 300 people only, the programmes have been attended by locals.
“When we have small programmes like these, those who previously did not turn up are now braver to get themselves involved in such programmes,” he said.
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Johor has been a bastion of MCA until 2008. The state has produced several MCA presidents – Lee Sam Choon, Neo Yee Pan, Ling Liong Sik, Ong Ka Ting and Chua Soi Lek. In fact, Liong Sik left a dangerous seat in Penang (Mata Kuching, now Bagan) for a safe one in Johor while Ka Ting was originally from Perak before he moved to Johor.
Even when the political tsunami hit everywhere in 2008, MCA was still doing reasonably well electorally in Johor. It was only at the 13th General election in 2013 that MCA was nearly wiped out. The strength of MCA in Johor as compared to other states can be attributed to three main factors.
First, economies of many small towns in Johor have been agricultural and plantation-based, and usually more susceptible to patronage politics than the working class of urban areas.
Second, Barisan Nasional parties of Johor, especially UMNO, MCA and MIC, are not just political parties. They also rule with the support of small town social elite networks. In the case of UMNO, teachers, cultural activists and artists, as well as civil servants, are believers in the UMNO way. And at local level, UMNO is a social organisation well-connected to the ground, often, for instance, the first ones to arrive at a funeral site to help out families in distress.
As for MCA, even after 2013, its local leaders still control many guilds and associations, and many older small town business people are either supportive of MCA or at least not prepared to openly defy its wishes publicly. However this is slowly eroding as the younger generation who works or lives in Kuala Lumpur or Singapore have no affinity with MCA or Barisan Nasional, and some of them even managed to convince the older generation back home to vote against BN.
Third, most of the seats in Johor were gerrymandered in the 1993 and 2013 re-delineation exercises into multi-ethnic constituencies to make it impossible for the previously fragmented Opposition to win before 2008. Now it works against BN as these seats can easily turn into massive dominos. Eighteen out of Johor’s 26 parliamentary seats have less than 60 percent Malay voters. With 80 percent of non-Malay support and 50 percent Malay support for Pakatan Harapan, all 18 seats are expected to fall into Pakatan Harapan’s hands.
This is essentially how the next election would play out: a massive Malay swing to Pakatan Harapan will generate concomitant Chinese and Indian swings to Pakatan Harapan. At the heart of it, a Malay tsunami against UMNO will generate a Malaysian tsunami against Barisan Nasional.
After the formation of Pakatan Harapan on 14 July 2017, not only Chinese voters but the entire nation’s political mood has changed tremendously. Pakatan Harapan stands a higher chance of winning in this coming General election.
The next few months will be the most crucial in Malaysia’s political history. Johor will be the most important battlefield in the coming election…
14 August 2017
PH confident of capturing
#Johor , says Muhyiddin
PETALING JAYA: An opposition leader is confident of wresting Johor from the Barisan Nasional in the coming general election, if the increased support Pakatan Harapan (PH) has garnered thus far is anything to go by.
In claiming so, PH deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin pointed out that Selangor and Penang were examples that the opposition can unseat the ruling coalition in an election.
Pakatan Rakyat, the then opposition coalition, captured Penang and Selangor in the general election of 2008.
Muhyiddin, who is also PPBM president, said this has caused Johor Menteri Besar Khaled Nordin to panic, based on the recent statements he has made.
“The Johor MB said he doesn’t want the state to end up like Penang, where allegedly it is tougher for Muslims to live.
“But how can this be? This shows that Umno leaders are panicking.
Also, there are lots of problems in Johor itself. We promise to do better than BN if we become the state government,” he told reporters after chairing a PH election council meeting here this evening.
Pagoh folks know Umno’s end is nigh, says Muhyiddin
Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Muhyiddin Yassin has hit back at claims that his constituency is ready to “move on” from him, saying instead that his former party Umno was the one running out of time.
The seven-term Pagoh MP first won the seat in 1978 and first became Umno Pagoh division chief in 1984.
“Many signs have shown that the people of Pagoh and Johor know the ‘real situation’ – that Umno’s future in the state is almost at an end.
“The people can move on, but they can also move up,” Muhyiddin said, referring to Pakatan Harapan.
He said this after the coalition’s election committee announced that they had set up an election secretariat at Bersatu headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.
12 August 2017
Since GE 9 (1995), Muhyiddin Yassin has been MP for Pagoh, Johor. All those yars, he had won th seat as an UMNO member.
At GE 14, if he contests the seat, it will be as a member of Bersatu.
Will he win?
Johor MB tells Pagoh Umno to move on from Muhyiddin’s ‘nostalgia’
After more than a year of losing its division chief, Umno Pagoh must now move on from the “nostalgia” of being led by Muhyiddin Yassin who is now Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president.
Johor menteri besar Khaled Nordin told Pagoh Umno delegates today that they must enter a new phase and ensure the seat remains in Umno’s hand.
“We must plan for Pagoh’s victory.
“And we must win because many people perceive that Pagoh will be facing a big challenge in the next 14th general elections,” he said during the Pagoh Umno division meeting held at the Dewan Pekembar in Pagoh.
While crediting Muhyiddin for his contributions to Umno, Khaled who is Johor Umno state liaison chief said Umno Pagoh will never betray the party’ struggle.
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31 July 2017
Johor Umno-BN in panic mood
By Liew Chin Tong
Since the grand reconciliation between Anwar Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir Mohamad through the formalisation of Pakatan Harapan’s leadership structure on July 14, there has been a surge of support for Pakatan Harapan.
Johor, Kedah and Sabah are three states which have the potential of each contributing 10 additional parliamentary seats to bring the federal opposition to power.
The Parliamentary seats in Johor that Barisan Nasional won marginally in the 13th General Election were (in northern Johor) Labis, Segamat, Muar, Ledang, Sekijang, (in southern Johor) Pasir Gudang, Tebrau, Pulai, and Johor Bahru.
Pakatan Harapan should be able to win Pagoh. If the swing is reasonably strong, Ayer Hitam, Simpang Renggam and Tanjong Piai may fall as well.
That BN may lose in Johor, hence Putrajaya, was acknowledged by Khaled Nordin, Johor Menteri Besar during the Johor BN convention on Saturday.
Malaysiakini reported, “While Johor has traditionally been known as a BN stronghold and the birthplace of Umno, Khaled cautioned that they can no longer be swayed by the nostalgia that BN will continue to rule, just because their rivals have no experience in governing.”
Khaled was quoted as saying, “That kind of mindset must be changed. Believe me, we will be facing the ‘toughest war’. Not just a battle.”
Yet, on the same weekend, MCA Deputy President and MP for Ayer Hitam Wee Ka Siong was very confident when he said that it is almost impossible for BN to fall in Johor. He even accused Johor DAP of drumming up the possibility of a change of government in Johor and Putrajaya merely to dupe voters.
Wee should check with Khaled to ensure that he gets the script right. It just shows how pathetic MCA has become that it can’t even acknowledge the reality on the ground that a change of government is a realistic possibility.
Now the simple logic is this – if Umno falls in the next election, its seats would be won by Malay leaders of Pakatan Harapan.
With Johor as a national frontline state for Pakatan Harapan, Malay leaders of stature such as Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia President Muhyiddin Yassin and Parti Amanah Negara Deputy President Salahuddin Ayub at the forefront campaigning for a change of government in Johor, Khaled’s racial fear tactics won’t go very far. Johoreans are already comfortable with the idea of a multiracial Bangsa Johor.
For a new government to be installed in Nusajaya, and Putrajaya as well, Pakatan Harapan will be the torch-bearer for the unifying spirit of Bangsa Johor, and not the divisive racial campaign that Khaled is now attempting to frame.
Liew Chin Tong is Kluang MP and DAP central executive council member.
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29 July 2017
HARAPAN, HARAPAN, HARAPAN!
7 July 2017
Syed Saddiq: TMJ wants ‘cleansing’ of corrupt system
Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim believes there is a dire need to “cleanse” the country of corruption, especially in his state.
This was related to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth head Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman during Tunku Ismail’s Hari Raya event recently.
“Tunku kept on stressing on the need to ‘clean up the system’ as a whole, not just cosmetic changes.
“In Johor for example, a former exco member was not spared from criminal prosecution for his misdeeds.
“The crackdowns on Jabatan Agama Islam Johor, corrupt businessmen and many more are all good indicators that corruption will never be tolerated in Johor,” recounted Syed Saddiq in a Facebook post today.
Syed Saddiq said the crown prince said “cleansing the system” would require courage, honesty and action.
“What I love about such advice was that it cuts across party lines… It applies to Umno, Bersatu, PKR and more… It applies to all Malaysians,” he said.
Syed Saddiq said that the most “profound” advice from the crown prince was that he not be “used” by those with vested interests.
Johor, from Umno’s stronghold to battleground for survival
COMMENT | Over the last weekend, Johor was visibly the most important political battleground between Pakatan Harapan and BN that carried with it very interesting messages.
On Pakatan Harapan’s side, former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad delivered his first speech as Pakatan Harapan’s newly appointed chairperson – a fact that he noted at the start of his speech – in Kota Tinggi on July 15.
The event in the Umno stronghold was organised by NGO Anak and attended by a multi-ethnic crowd of 3,000 – a huge crowd for a small town that most consider to be one of the safest Umno seats. Parti Amanah Negara president Mat Sabu, PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution and myself (representing DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang) attended as well.
The day before that, on July 14, Amanah held its well-attended state-wide Hari Raya open house in Batu Pahat while Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Muhyiddin Yassin had his Pagoh constituency open house the next day. PKR’s Hari Raya events in Ledang and Pasir Gudang on July 16 were attended by its deputy president Azmin Ali. DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua also toured the state during the weekend to discuss the 1MDB scandal with ordinary Johoreans.
In Kota Tinggi, I noted in my speech that Dr Mahathir and Harapan leaders “attacked” one of the strongest of Umno strongholds, while Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was in Johor to defend another Umno’s safe seat of Sembrong – a telltale sign of our times.
Umno’s vote share in Kota Tinggi and Sembrong in the last general election was 82.4% and 63.7% respectively. Kota Tinggi has 86% Malay, 11% Chinese and 2% Indian voters. Sembrong has 58% Malay, 31% Chinese and 9% Indian voters.
Both Sembrong and Kota Tinggi were not in my list of 10 seats that Pakatan Harapan deems it has a fighting chance to win. However, gauging from the positive responses in Kota Tinggi and the panicking psyche of Najib and his associates as revealed in the Sembrong event, Johor is probably the most important national battleground in the upcoming general election.
Last Updated 2nd July, 2017, 9:08 AM
JOHOR BARU: Pakatan Harapan has previously stated it is confident of wrestling 15 parliamentary seats marginally won by BN in Johor in the next general election.
The seats are Labis, Segamat, Sekijang, Muar, Ledang, Pagoh, Pasir Gudang, Pulai, Johor Bahru, Terbrau, Simpang Renggam, Ayer Hitam, Tanjung Piai, Sri Gading and Parit Sulong.
These are part of 26 parliamentary seats up for contest in Johor, from the total 100 seats offered in the Peninsular.
Nationwide there are 222 parliamentary seats currently.
At a glance, these 15 seat mentioned above were won by BN with around 10% majority.