Retaining Selangor at GE 14: Tough but not impossible for Pakatan Harapan even with the PAS – UMNO collusion…

SELANGOR IS GOVERNED BY THE OPPOSITION

The Selangor State Government is formed by Pakatan Rakyat (PR) a coalition of 3 parties: PKR, DAP and PAS. PR has 44 seats to BN’s 12.

PR is now PH, Pakatan Harapan, and the Selangor State Government is now formed by PH (29 seats) + PAS (15 seats).

This is the breakdown of seats.
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PKR)    14 seats
PH (DAP)   15 seats
PAS             15 seats
BN               12 seats

Currently, even if PAS left PR and joined BN, PR (29 seats) would retain majority control and remain the State Government because BN-PAS would have 27 seats.

In GE 14, would Pakatan Harapan (PKR, DAP and Bersatu) retain control of Selangor State?

A great threat comes from re-delineation. Six seats in Selangor would be affected: Bukit Antarabangsa (PKR), Ijok (PKR), Hulu Kelang (Amanah), Sijangkang (PAS), Morib (Amanah) and Cempaka (PAS).

31 March 2018

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Noh confirms not shortlisted as S’gor MB candidate for BN
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Selangor BN chairperson Noh Omar has confirmed that he has not been shortlisted as BN’s candidate for the Selangor menteri besar post.

When asked whether Selangor Umno had a list of prospective candidates for the post, Noh said he was leaving it to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to decide.

“(What I know) is that I’m not in the list,” he told reporters at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
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Meanwhile, Noh said he was in the dark about whether Isham Jalil, a special officer to Najib, was a prospective candidate for the menteri besar post.
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The 41-year-old is highly qualified academically, having studied politics, economics and law at Harvard University. He also studied finance at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania. He now works as a political economist for the Economic Planning Unit (EPU).

He is heavily speculated to be BN’s candidate for Paya Jaras, a state constituency near Sungai Buloh.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/417840

Three days after praying for the death of Pakatan Harapan, PAS warns Azmin Ali that Pakatan Harapan will lose Selangor…

20 March 2018

S’gor will fall, remember Khir Toyo’s fate: PAS to Azmin

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The PKR-led Selangor government will collapse in the coming general election, warned the state’s PAS commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi.

He also reminded Menteri Besar Azmin Ali of the fate which befell his BN predecessor Dr Mohd Khir Toyo in the 2008 general election.

According to a Harakah Online report, Sallehen said the death knell will sound for the current state government because it has embarrassed and denied the rights of 13 PAS assemblypersons.

“We have been denied allocation by the Selangor state government. Perhaps Azmin thinks that by not giving us allocations, it would be difficult for us to ‘tame’ the hearts of the people.

“This means, he (Azmin) does not depend on Allah, but depends on money…,” he added.
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“Today, 13 elected representatives from PAS and its excos have been embarrassed by PKR, and Pakatan Harapan.

“Harapan would also collapse in Selangor, InsyaAllah (God willing),” he said, adding that PAS’ struggle does not depend on humans but divine assistance.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/416387

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5 February 2018

Pakatan can retain Selangor even with EC ‘tricks’, says exco


SELANGOR senior executive councillor Teng Chang Khim believes three-cornered fights in the next elections will benefit Pakatan Harapan even if the Election Commission pushes through its re-delineation proposal.

The state government think-tank Institut Darul Ehsan previously said the EC’s re-delineation exercise would benefit Barisan Nasional, which could win up to 20 seats, PAS (9), DAP (15) and PKR (12) based on the 2013 voting trends.

However, Teng said even if PH were to lose six state seats affected by the re-delineation, the Selangor opposition would only have 18 seats.

“Now the opposition (BN) only has 12 seats, with an increase of six, there is only 18. Selangor has 56 seats, any party needs to win 29 seats to govern.

“Even if we were to lose all six seats, plus two independents and the 12 seats BN currently holds, we would still have 36 seats. This is the situation in 2018,” Teng told The Malaysian Insight.

The six seats in Selangor that would be affected by the re-delineation are Bukit Antarabangsa (PKR), Ijok (PKR), Hulu Kelang (Amanah), Sijangkang (PAS), Morib (Amanah) and Cempaka (PAS).

Teng said BN wants to win over these seats by redrawing the electoral boundaries to turn them from mixed seats to Malay-majority seats but it is insufficient to help BN wrest back Selangor, the wealthiest state in Malaysia.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/36186/

5 February 2018

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Selangor excos deny roping in ex-Menteri Besar for GE14
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PAS vice-president Iskandar A Samad said reports that his party is willing to give former menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim a Selangor seat under its ticket without requiring membership in the party may have been misinterpreted.

Iskandar, who is Chempaka assemblyperson, was reported as saying the matter had yet been discussed.

“Such an important decision cannot be decided by one person only, it needs to be discussed.

“The views of the present and former PAS excos (of Selangor) that have served under the former Selangor menteri besar also need to be taken into consideration.

“Times have changed since Khalid left office in 2014, because many new developments in the world of politics and the state government have taken place,” Sinar Harian reported Iskandar as saying today.

He was responding to a New Straits Times report on Saturday of PAS commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi saying PAS will offer of a seat to Khalid (photo) to run in the 14th general election under their ticket, without having to be a party member.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/411170#h3BJPj1PY6MA4BU4.99

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Ex-MB to S’gor MB: Whoever I support, it wouldn’t be you

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Former Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said it was his right to support whoever he chooses but his successor Azmin Ali would not be one of them.

“Whoever I support is my right. What is clear, I will not support YB Gombak as he will cost RM2 billion lost to the people of Selangor in the Selangor water industry restructuring issue,” he said in a Facebook posting today.
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Selangor’s committee in charge of overseeing the water restructuring exercise had previously criticised Khalid his claim, stressing that the valuation for the takeover had yet to be finalised.

Khalid served as Selangor menteri besar after Pakatan Rakyat captured the state in 2008.

He was ousted in 2014 following disagreements with his then party, PKR.

After quitting PKR, Khalid had appeared at PAS and Umno events but has yet to join a new party.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/411073#72TO18ZwfMiWZ2i5.99

Ex-MB to campaign for PAS to prevent DAP controlling S’gor

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Former Selangor menteri besar Khalid Ibrahim has announced that he would campaign for PAS in the coming general election.

However, the independent Port Klang assemblyperson said he would not join the Islamist party.

According to a Sinar Harian report, Khalid would be campaigning for PAS in order to prevent DAP from controlling the state, which he led for more than five years.

He said that PAS has a good chance of administering Selangor with leaders who are responsible and with integrity.

“Some have asked why I don’t join PAS… I don’t need to join in order to work with PAS.

“If I join PAS, I will change the structure in PAS and people will say I joined PAS because I want positions, so let me be free in this aspect,” he added.

Khalid said PAS must be patient in facing the prospect of being needled by various quarters during the 14th general election with statements that are taken out of context.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/410386#JXY8UZwBDuITSCbP.99

14 January 2018

Selangor government freezes annual allocations for PAS lawmakers


THE Selangor government has frozen annual allocations for PAS lawmakers and removed PAS information chief Roslan Shahrir Mohd Shahrir from the Subang Jaya Municipal Council, Sin Chew Daily reported today.

It reported that sources said Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali had decided several days ago to implement this measure.

The newspaper said this was tantamount to severing ties with the Islamist party, although Azmin had decided to keep three PAS excos so as to not disrupt the state administration.

Officially, PAS has severed ties with PKR, a decision it undertook during its annual party congress on April 30 last year.

But despite cutting off its political ties with the Pakatan Rakyat coalition, its lawmakers decided to stay in Selangor’s administration.

Azmin, hoping that a deal could be cut with PAS, had also decided not to remove the PAS lawmakers from his state cabinet.

But with elections around the corner and no signs that PAS is willing to avoid three-cornered fights, a move that will only benefit Barisan Nasional, the decision was inevitable.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/32471/

18 December 2017

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Noh: Selangor needs BN to be ‘tauke’ again

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Selangor is in need of BN, its original “tauke” (boss), being reinstalled as the state government, said state BN chief Noh Omar.

“Don’t let it be a ‘talak tiga‘ (instant) divorce. We don’t need to try multiple times to rampas (snatch) Selangor,” Noh told a coalition event in Kapar yesterday, according to Sinar Harian.

He stressed that Umno members must canvass votes for BN, because the votes from party members alone would not ensure victory.

“We have succeeded in bringing back (several) former menteri besar to BN. Now we need to convince the rakyat.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/405816#BbzqGpfDoGEAOm4D.99

24 November 2017

This is the reason BN lost S’gor – MB’s office answers ex-MB

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Former Selangor menteri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib was saddled with a puzzling question regarding Umno and BN losing the state in the 2008 general election.

He said while BN had won in backward states, which do not even have water supply, it, however, lost in a developed state like Selangor, which has ports, airports, roads and various facilities.

This evening, his successor Azmin Ali’s office provided the answer.

Referring to Muhammad as a “recycled politician”, the Menteri Besar Office’s strategic communications director Yin Shao Loong claimed that the answer is common knowledge.

“By March 2008, Umno and BN had become irrelevant, even distasteful, to the voters of Selangor because the people were fed up with decades of corruption, wastage and mismanagement,” he said.

Yin said it was not a case of the people of Selangor suddenly becoming ungrateful for the roads, infrastructure, water and electricity supply.

“They were fed up that these basic amenities should have to be delivered via fat contracts to politically-connected cronies.

“They were fed up that the politicians approving these projects could swagger in and out of the country clutching suitcases stuffed with money,” he added.

This was an obvious reference to Muhammad’s arrest at the Brisbane airport in 1997 carrying Singapore, Malaysia and New Zealand bank notes worth US$1 million.
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Yin said if Muhammad truly wanted to understand the lessons from 2008, he would realise that the state is now governed by better men and women.

“And that Umno and BN will continue to be rejected at the polls because it has failed to deal with its baggage of corruption, bad leadership and inability to reform itself,” he added.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/403247#1EMEgPIzYAup0rcL.99

22 November 2017

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Opposition expected to retain S’gor in GE14, say analysts

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Selangor is expected to remain in the hands of the opposition in the upcoming general election, analysts said.

This, despite BN going all out to wrest the state from the opposition, reported Channel NewsAsia.

Selangor, said the analysts, has a large pool of well-educated citizens who are sensitive to issues affecting the country as opposed to just the state.

Things that concern most Selangor voters are the rising cost of living and stagnant wages.

Apart from this, however, most voters believe that the opposition has been running the state fairly well.

As such, BN would find it difficult to win back Selangor, said Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, an analyst with BowerGroupAsia risk consultancy.

“Although Prime Minister Najib (Abdul Razak) introduced a budget targeting the urban middle class, the increasing cost of living and stagnant wages are still a major concern for the Selangor electorate.

“The urban and semi-urban constituencies in Selangor are also in Pakatan Harapan’s favour. The economic indicators may be positive but the realities on the ground differ drastically,” said Asrul.
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Meanwhile, opinion research firm Merdeka Center said the opposition coalition stands a chance of retaining Selangor as it has run the state “reasonably well”.

“I think the opposition has the potential to retain Selangor in the coming general elections despite possible multi-cornered contests and changes in electoral boundaries,” said Merdeka Center executive director Ibrahim Suffian.

This is due to Selangor’s multiracial composition and its higher alternative media penetration.

“In addition, opposition presence is fairly strong. They have run the state reasonably well for the past decade and shown to be competent to manage a complex state.”
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/402873#xWm5vuyuRLDGYiSQ.99

17 November 2017

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15 October 2017

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Azmin: Thanks Abu Hassan, but I’m not a frog

Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali appears to be touched by the compliments his predecessor Abu Hassan Omar gave him.

However, Azmin dismissed Abu Hassan’s advice for him to switch parties.

“Thank you for your compliments Tan Sri (Abu Hassan) and I will continue to be with my party (PKR). I am not a frog,” Azmin wrote on Facebook.

He was commenting on a Malaysiakini interview with Abu Hassan, in which the former menteri besar said Umno needed leaders like Azmin.
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Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/398411#zwo6FcciHXPpmdxS.99

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Ex-MB weighs in on Harapan and BN’s generals in battle for S’gor

Shakira Buang & Zikri Kamarulzaman

But the Umno veteran appeared to think more highly of Azmin when asked to evaluate the two men.

Speaking to Malaysiakini, Abu Hassan said Umno needs politicians like Azmin, adding that the PKR deputy president was in “the wrong party” and should switch sides.

“This is my frank opinion, for we need a leader like him. As menteri besar, he is well liked. In his area (constituency), he is strong.

“I’ve known him since he was young, but the thing is (he is in) the wrong party,” Abu Hassan said in an interview on Wednesday.

Speaking at the Selangor former elected representatives council (Mubarak) office in Shah Alam, the former menteri besar also said Azmin was a bright and good politician.

However, he said Azminfaced certain “constraints”.

“As far as I am concerned, Azmin can be a good leader, the only thing is we know who controls the state government, it is not Azmin, it is not PKR,” he said.

The Selangor Mubarak chairperson declined to elaborate on who he thinks the “real behind” the state government is.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/398362#IL3l6vEA85zT6yrm.99

INTERVIEW | The battle for Selangor will be one of the major campaigns in the forthcoming 14th general election.

At the forefront of the campaign are Selangor menteri besar Mohamed Azmin Ali and his BN rival, the coalition’s state chief Noh Omar.

For former Selangor menteri besar Abu Hassan Omar, both Azmin and Nohare good leaders.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/398362

29 September 2017

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S’gor numbers look up for Harapan, PAS’ look bleak

MP SPEAKS | In this concluding part on my article “Battle for Selangor” in GE14, I analyse the projected outcomes for the state seats in Selangor under three possible scenarios which are summarised in Table 1 below.

Projected Change of Malay, Chinese, Indian and Other support in GE14 (compared to GE13)

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In Scenario 1, Harapan is projected to win 35 out of 56 state seats. Even though this is less than the 44 state seats the former coalition Pakatan Rakyat won in GE13, it is still sufficient for Harapan to form the next state government in Selangor.

In Scenario 2, which is a mini-Malay tsunami, Harapan is projected to in 43 state seats, one seat short of what Pakatan achieved in GE13.

In Scenario 3, which is the full Malay tsunami scenario, Harapan is projected to win 50 state seats.

PAS spoiler effect negligible

I want to highlight three points from this analysis.

Firstly, the projections clearly show that PAS cannot prevent Harapan from forming the next government in Selangor, even under the most pessimistic scenario (from Harapan’s perspective), which is Scenario 1.

Secondly, the projections show that PAS will be left with no seats after GE14 in Selangor. The reason is simple. PAS will be left with almost no non-Malay support, which is important in a multiracial state like Selangor where non-Malays comprise 49% of total voters. And it cannot win enough Malay support on its own to win any state seats.

Thirdly, Harapan is in the best position to capture the political dividends in the event of a Malay tsunami. Harapan can campaign credibly to change the policies of the federal government that are unpopular with the rakyat.PAS cannot campaign in the same manner.

PAS cannot even say that it will be the kingmaker in Selangor, because it is not likely to win even the single seat. With a strategic campaign, Harapan can reap the benefits of a possible Scenario 3 by winning more state seats than even the 2013 general elections in GE14.
Read more at https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/396702#HYd3G6ar3tERzdR6.99

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Mat Sabu to contest Shah Alam seat

PETALING JAYA: Amanah president Mohamad Sabu is likely to contest the Shah Alam parliamentary seat in the upcoming general election.

Although this has yet to be finalised by the party, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad said he was prepared to give up the seat to which he was elected for the past two terms.

Khalid, who is also Amanah communications director, said the party has shortlisted two constituencies which are deemed winnable – Shah Alam and Kota Raja.

“It is important for a party president to be in Parliament. If I need to give up my seat, I will do so,” he said when contacted yesterday.

Although Mohamad, who hails from Kedah, lost in the Pendang parliamentary seat during the previous general election, Khalid said this would not be an issue if he were to contest in Selangor.

“He lives with his family in Shah Alam and all his children vote here. Whether or not the people accept him, that is up to them to decide,” he added.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/09/29/mat-sabu-to-contest-shah-alam-seat/#yaK1OCLQ1dpjKGZX.99

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P108 Shah Alam Khalid Samad
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49,009 55.7% Zulkifli Noordin
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38,070 43.3% 10,939 Khalid Samad
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99,957 69% 15% 14%

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_Malaysian_general_election,_2013_by_parliamentary_constituency#Selangor

28 September 2017

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Akhlak Mat Sabu ni hangpa tak sampai.. dia masak jamu orang yg buat mcm2 kt dia. Tuudiaa..

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27 September 2017

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Amanah looks set to field Mat Sabu in S’gor

Amanah is looking to field its president Mohamad Sabu as their GE14 candidate for the Kota Raja parliamentary seat and the Taman Templer state seat, according to party sources.

This is believed to be part of a wider move to field the party’s better known leaders in Selangor to position itself as a replacement for PAS in the state government.

“Mohamad will likely be fielded in Taman Templer, a state seat under Selayang parliamentary constituency. He may also be fielded for the Kota Raja seat.

“Contesting in both parliamentary and state seats is a precedence started by other parties,” said a source close to Amanah’s leadership, while pointing out that it was common for top opposition leaders to be fielded for both state and parliament seats.

Earlier this month, Selangor Amanah had proposed bringing Mohamad, a Kedah native, over to lead the charge in their state.

How PH can win in Selangor sans PAS

Ong Kian Ming

MP SPEAKS | A common perception among political observers and analysts is that contests involving Barisan Nasional, Pakatan Harapan and PAS will likely result in a victory for the ruling coalition. The Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections were won by BN with increased majorities, and are often used as evidence that three-cornered fights will be in their favour.

I do not dispute that straight fights against BN would be the ideal situation for the opposition. But I want to use the following three points to show that Harapan can still win Selangor, even in the presence of three-cornered fights involving PAS.

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Harapan can expedite the move towards a two-coalition competition in Selangor by taking the following steps. Firstly, it can and should make it clear to voters that PAS will not be part of the Selangor state government after GE14, regardless of the outcome. This will provide a further incentive for pro-opposition voters to choose Harapan over PAS, especially if they do not want BN to recapture the Selangor state government.

Secondly, it must actively court fence sitters and PAS sympathisers to continue to vote for a Harapan government in Selangor in GE14. As I argued yesterday, in Part 1 of this series, many voters in Selangor do not have very strong party loyalties. Many of the voters who voted for PAS in GE13, especially Malay voters, can be persuaded to switch their votes to another party in Harapan, on the basis that it can form the next government in Selangor and in Putrajaya.

Thirdly, Harapan must focus its attention on comparing and contrasting itself with the BN, and not go all out to attack PAS. The main political adversary for Harapan in Selangor and in other states is still BN. If Harapan is too obsessed with attacking PAS, this will inevitably alienate many PAS sympathisers.

At the end of the day, given Azmin Ali’s popularity as the current menteri besar of Selangor, especially among the Malay community, there is no reason why he cannot lead Harapan in Selangor to a convincing victory in GE14, even if the coalition has to go up against BN and PAS in some seats – including his own parliamentary seat of Gombak and his state seat of Bukit Antarabangsa.

Tomorrow, in Part 3 of this series, I will show the possible electoral outcomes for GE14 under different assumptions of how many votes PAS can obtain in the context of three-cornered fights. By showing these results, I hope that I can convince some of the sceptics that despite having three-cornered fights, Harapan can still regain control of the Selangor state government.

Yesterday:The battle for Selangor in GE14

 

ONG KIAN MING is Serdang MP and head of the Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

26 September 2017

The battle for Selangor in GE14

Ong Kian Ming

MP SPEAKS | It is no secret that the Barisan Nasional (BN) is desperate to win back Selangor at all costs in the forthcoming general election. The reasons are obvious.

Selangor is the richest state in Malaysia by economic output. Many big-ticket infrastructure projects, such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), the High-Speed Rail (HSR), the LRT and MRT projects, water projects and new toll roads, require the approval of the Selangor state government.

Having a well-governed Pakatan Harapan state government on the doorstep of Putrajaya is also a headache for the BN because voters can compare and contrast the performance of the Selangor government with other BN state governments, as well as with the federal government.

What are the chances of the BN recapturing Selangor in GE14? The answer lies partly with the outcome of the expected three-cornered fights that will occur between the BN, Harapan and PAS.
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One of the main reasons why Selangor voters exhibit such volatility is that they are the fastest to reward good performance and also the fastest to punish bad performance.

They rewarded the BN in 1995 for delivering economic growth and prosperity and they swung against the BN in 1999 because of the economic and political crisis during Reformasi (albeit not by enough for the BN to lose this state then). They swung against the BN in record numbers in 2008 because of dissatisfaction against Pak Lahdue to undelivered election promises.
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There is nothing in BN’s track record and leadership which indicates that voters in Selangor will reward it in the next general election, especially when the best the BN can do is to parade out a line-up of three former menteri besars, one of whom was convicted of corruption and another who was found carrying a suitcase full of cash to Australia.

The track record of the Selangor government, while not perfect, has been positively felt by the voters in the state through many of the welfare programmes under the ‘Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat’ umbrella, including free medical cards for low-income families and individuals and free buses in each of the districts/municipalities in the state. Investments and jobs continue to pour into Selangor. The high popularity of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali stands in stark contrast to that of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
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All these reasons explain why most Selangor voters will vote practically i.e. by rewarding the party or coalition that promises to give them what they want, namely better governance that will keep the streets clean, deliver better welfare programmes, provide properly paved roads and improve the quality of life.

These are also reasons why it is very possible for Pakatan Harapan (PH) to retain most of the seats that were won by Pakatan Rakyat in GE13, even in the case of three-cornered fights.

Soon, in the next part of my statement on this issue, I will provide the evidence.


ONG KIAN MING is Serdang MP and head of Penang Institute in Kuala Lumpur.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.
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10 September 2017

Amanah Selangor wants Mat Sabu to contest in state


Sharon Tan Zulkifli Sulong

Its state chief Izham Hashim said in his opening speech at the Amanah Selangor convention that they would put forward Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, as a candidate.

“Amanah Selangor is very serious in this. We want Mat Sabu to contest here,” said Izham. – September 10, 2017.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/14087/

9 September 2017

Azmin unveils Selangor Harapan leadership line-up

Selangor Pakatan Harapan chief Azmin Ali has unveiled the coalition’s state level leadership lineup, with a power sharing ratio of 4:3:3:2 between the four Harapan parties.

PKR has the most positions, while Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) has two.

Azmin has appointed four deputy chairpersons, namely the Selangor chiefs, for DAP- Tony Pua; Amanah -Izham Hashim; Bersatu – Abdul Rashid Asari; as well as PKR -Subang MP Sivarasa Rasiah.

Besides Azmin and Sivarasa, the PKR leaders in the line-up are Ampang MP Zuraida Kamaruddin as secretary, and Seri Andalas assemblyperson Xavier Jeyakumar as election director.

Meanwhile, Selangor state assembly speaker Hannah Yeoh from DAP has been appointed as treasurer, while Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo is the Selangor Harapan legal bureau chief.

On Amanah’s side, Ar Kamarul Hisham Yeop Hashim has been appointed as assistant secretary, and Hulu Kelang assemblyperson Saari Sungib as the manifesto committee chairperson.

Bersatu leadership council member Sukiman Sarmani is Selangor Harapan information chief.

The line-up was announced after a meeting between Selangor Harapan leaders earlier today.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/394514

27 August 2017

Merdeka Center programme director Ibrahim Suffian, “All it takes for Umno to wrest Selangor back from the opposition is for PAS to place candidates in PKR seats, thus splitting the Malay opposition vote.”

Can a PAS-Umno alliance succeed in capturing S’gor?

Alyaa Azhar

Several political pundits believe that PAS and Umno can work out a possible alliance to capture Selangor, albeit with a number of conditions.

This follows a report from Singapore’s Straits Times on Friday, which claims that Umno president Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang have been in contact almost daily over the past few months to work out a pact to capture Selangor.

Political analyst Ahmad Atory Hussain pointed out how there have long been talks about a possible collaboration between the two parties for the upcoming general election.

Although Hadi may have been seen to be more inclined to such a pact as opposed to his deputy Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, the Straits Times report had shown that there was, at least, a plan to secure Selangor.

“On paper, Umno can win if it is assisted by PAS. But I don’t think it is that easy with the current presence of Parti Amanah Negara and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia,” Atory told Malaysiakini.

However, a pact between the once sworn enemies to capture Selangor is not impossible.
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“BN will be more confident if PAS makes such a stand because they will be confident of winning and if PAS were to win, it will support BN in forming a government,” he added.

Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng also believes that a pact between the two parties is likely to materialise if PAS were to be left out of Pakatan Harapan, a situation which the Islamist party has no qualms about.

“The alliance will be beneficial to PAS, if PAS and Umno can negotiate an electoral pact and avoid three-cornered fights.”

What about support levels for both parties should they decide to collaborate?

Khoo said both parties will benefit if they can persuade their supporters.
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Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan, however, believes that PAS will be “decimated” should the pact be formed before the next general election.

“Because their members still cannot accept an electoral pact with Umno. It may even lead to an internal power struggle,” he said, adding that some members may even decide to abstain from voting.
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What about support for Umno if it were to team up with PAS?

Such a situation will definitely disrupt trust within Barisan Nasional, said Wan Saiful, and this can be used to make non-Malays across Malaysia even more skeptical about Umno.

“Malay support for Umno might go up, but non-Malay support for the BN coalition will be damaged.”
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“Multi-cornered contests involving PAS, PKR, Bersatu or Amanah and BN will only have one victor – BN. Only DAP is likely to survive a multi-cornered contest scenario if it unfolds.”

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/393321

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25 August 2017

Report: Najib-Hadi in constant contact, working on pact to capture S’gor

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang are reportedly working on an electoral pact to capture Selangor in the coming general election.

Quoting sources, Singapore’s Straits Times claimed that Najib and Hadi have been in “near-daily contact for several months”.

The report claimed the pair communicated regularly over the phone, even when Hadi was recovering from a heart surgery in May.

With regard to Selangor, Straits Times said since Umno and PAS required a credible candidate to head the state, attempts are being made to court former menteri besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim (photo).

“He has been seen at the Prime Minister’s Office several times recently,” a source told the daily.

In a written response to Straits Times, Khalid confirmed that he had met Umno and PAS officials as well as those from other parties.

The Port Klang assemblyperson said the “discussions were for the betterment of the rakyat”.

“As an independent (elected representative), I have the freedom to meet any party. For myself, there is no plan to run in the next election.

“I am most thankful that PAS has stood by me till the end (of my administration). But to date, there is no plan to join the party,” he added.

According to the report, reaching an understanding on Selangor could pave the way for more electoral agreements between Umno and PAS, which could turn the tide against Pakatan Harapan.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/393153

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http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/in-rebranded-selangor-exco-posts-mb-azmin-to-head-finance-economic-portfoli#1DIOTjIA1U38Yd68.97

15 August 2017

32m32 minutes ago

Begini cara untuk BN bermuhasabah, menurut Khir Toyo.

Translated from Malay by

Here’s how to bermuhasabah BN, according to Khir Toyo.

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14 August 2017

Ku Nan blames Khir Toyo for BN losing S’gor

Bernama

The Selangor BN should identify its weaknesses and factors for failing to wrest back the state in the 13th general election if it wants to win in the coming general election, said Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

He said BN lost in Selangor in the 12th general election and among the causes was the people were angry at the then menteri besar Mohamad Khir Toyo over the issue on the demolition of a temple and the “broom award” to under-performing local government authorities.

“But, when he was no longer the menteri besar, we still lost (in Selangor) in the 13th general election. I want the Selangor BN to find the cause (for the defeat), there has to be a reason.

“Petaling Jaya Utara (previously Petaling Jaya) was previously under BN for four terms, and BN lost in the 12th general election.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/391825

11 August 2017

Selangor’s success under Azmin Ali

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

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At a time of political turmoil, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali was tasked with the uphill battle of uniting the Selangor government despite the falling out with PAS and the emergence of two new parties aligned with Pakatan Harapan.

Fast forward three years into the future, and Selangor now sits strongly as one of the best-performing states in Malaysia.

According to the Auditor-General’s Report 2016, Selangor owes the federal government a meagre sum of RM14.67 million. This is in stark contrast to Pahang, which owes the federal government a sum of RM1.087 billion.

This is a sign of health and proper management. Being able to drag in foreign direct investment while keeping debt levels low is also something to cheer about.
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The sign of strength was further cemented when the Statistics Department stated that Selangor contributed 22.6 percent to the nation’s five percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2015, making it the largest state contributor to the economy.
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So what did Selangor achieve, specifically under Azmin’s leadership? In 2015, the state reserve was at RM3.26 billion. However, this number increased significantly in 2016 as it was reported at RM3.95 billion in August last year.

Not only does the number look great, but all of this was achieved while Selangor maintained their “Peduli Rakyat” initiatives to help its people.

The most popular initiative was providing 20 cubic metres of free water to the people of Selangor. This policy was successfully carried out and is still being maintained now.

Another additional popular welfare program is the free bus shuttle initiative in Selangor. As of 5 August 2017, 100 free buses are roaming 11 district areas covering 22 important bus stops around the state. Other states around Malaysia are still failing to copy these initiatives.

The takeaway from this would be that with good management, a state can give a massive amount of welfare while still maintaining a healthy chequebook.
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SYED SADDIQ SYED ABDUL RAHMAN is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) Youth chief.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

 

https://www.malaysiakini.com/columns/391642

CAN UMNO REGAIN SHAH ALAM?

Najib sees Shah Alam as key to retaking Selangor…

P 108 Shah Alam

In 2008, Khalid Samad wrested the seat from an UMNO man, and has retained it since. He was a member of PAS but is now a member of the Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

GE 13

P108 Shah Alam Khalid Samad
(PR–PAS)
49,009 55.7% Zulkifli Noordin
(BN–UMNO)
38,070 43.3% 10,939

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_Malaysian_general_election,_2013_by_parliamentary_constituency#Selangor)

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GE 12

P108 Shah Alam Khalid Samad
(PR–PAS)
49,009 55.7% Zulkifli Noordin
(BN–UMNO)
38,070 43.3% 10,939

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_Malaysian_general_election,_2013_by_parliamentary_constituency#Selangor)

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GE 11

P108 Shah Alam Khalid Samad
(PR–PAS)
33,356 57.2% Abdul Aziz Shamsuddin
(BN–UMNO)
   24,042 41.2% 9,314

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_Malaysian_general_election,_2008_by_parliamentary_constituency#Selangor)

6 August 2017

PM sees Shah Alam as key to retaking Selangor

Alyaa Azhar

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has his eyes set on the seat of power in Selangor, declaring that his decision to officiate the Shah Alam Umno division delegates’ meeting today was intended to send a political message.

“If Shah Alam is the centre of the Selangor administration, if we want to change the political landscape of Selangor, if we want BN to return to helming Selangor, then the change must start here at the Shah Alam parliamentary seat.

“‘Winning in Shah Alam means we win Selangor, do you agree with that?” asked Najib, who received a resounding “yes” from party delegates gathered in Shah Alam today.

However, Najib said in order to capture Selangor, BN must acknowledge that it is the opposition in the state.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/391045

GE 13

P108 Shah Alam Khalid Samad
(PR–PAS)
49,009 55.7% Zulkifli Noordin
(BN–UMNO)
38,070 43.3% 10,939

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Results_of_the_Malaysian_general_election,_2013_by_parliamentary_constituency#Selangor)

It is believed that one factor for the defeat of BN at Shah Alam was its choice of candidate, Zulikifi Nordin, which infuriated the Sah Alam MIC division.

23 April 2013 | MYT 12:00 AM

GE13: Shah Alam MIC members quit over Zul Noordin candidacy

SHAH ALAM: The vice-chairman of Shah Alam MIC division and over 100 members are to quit the party over the nomination of Datuk Zulikifi Nordin for the Shah Alam parliamentary seat.

Section 18 Timur branch chairman C. Supayah, who is also vice-chairman of the Shah Alam MIC division, said all the resignation letters would be faxed over to the MIC headquarters today(April 24).

“There are three reasons why we quit. Firstly, it is the choice of Zulkifli as a candidate in Shah Alam. He spoke out against the Indians. He insulted us,” he said in a phone interview.

Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli, who is contesting for Barisan under the “Friends of Barisan” banner, had allegedly uttered anti-Indian and anti-Hindu remarks in the past and had since made a public apology.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2013/04/23/ge13-shah-alam-mic-members-quit-over-zul-noordin-candidacy/#wCKzeSqcs6Tac8vX.99

 

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