PAS, UMNO, MCA and Gerakan didn’t get the Chinese vote in GE 13 & GE 14, and still won’t get it in GE 15. As for the Malay vote…

17 December 2018

As more Umno members jump over to PH component parties, that is essentially a transfer of Malay votes to PH…

KUALA LUMPUR: About 95% of Chinese voters chose Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the May 9 general election, more than the 85% who supported the now-defunct Pakatan Rakyat coalition in 2013, the Straits Times (ST) reported today.

Some Ministers think that we are fools.
MCA and Gerakan, having played us for fools, still think they can hoodwink us.
Some Chinese businessmen think we are fools.

Oriental Daily survey of 14,602 Chinese found that few wanted Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein (19.69 percent), Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin (12.15 percent) and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak as leaders of the country.

As for Pakatan Harapan leaders, the majority of respondents said PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim should lead the country (38.98 percent), followed by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (19.74 percent) and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (10.42 percent).

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Only three kinds of Chinese would vote PAS

James Chai

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COMMENT | Something amazing happened three weeks ago. For the first time in my life, someone rang the doorbell and yelled out my full Chinese name.

My father instantly thought I was in trouble. I walked slowly to the two men in long white robes wearing small pins of white and green.

We were greeted courteously, and they handed me an invitation card to a PAS event…
The two men who came to my house had the same message to the Chinese as Hadi: Trust PAS.

But ever since PAS left Pakatan Rakyat and Amanah was formed, I haven’t come across a Chinese who would vote for PAS. An Oriental Daily survey that polled 14,602 people found that an overwhelming 71 percent of Chinese would rather spoil their vote than vote for either PAS or Umno (if those were the only choices).

The Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections were early evidence to show that PAS had virtually no Chinese support. In some saluran (streams) in the by-elections, PAS barely garnered more than two votes.

Therefore, it’s very likely that there are only three kinds of Chinese left who would vote for PAS.

First, the mistaken. These are the people who intended to vote for BN or Harapan but ended up validly voting for PAS. The voting system does not count mistaken votes as spoiled votes…
Second, the halfway-house. These are the people who are ready to exercise their civic duty to vote but not all the way – they have minimal knowledge about politics…

Third, the friend. These are the people who are forced to vote PAS because their friend or neighbour happened to be the PAS candidate running in his area. This Chinese is a loyal friend who is risk-averse…
It’s not because the Chinese are racist and would only vote for DAP or MCA. After all, the Chinese had voted for PAS without hesitation in GE13. Instead, there are three reasons why the Chinese would be unlikely to vote for PAS in GE14.

One, it’s simply not strategic to do so. Most voters want to vote for a party they think is best positioned to govern the country…
Two, PAS no longer represents the multiracial and multireligious country the Chinese wants…
Three, PAS is just no longer credible. Voters are ultimately humans who respond to trust. How sincere is Abdul Hadi Awang when he talks about a multiracial Malaysia at the Chinese New Year function? Wouldn’t PAS just abandon the Chinese after the election and go back to preaching bigotry and hate against non-Malays and non-Muslims?

JAMES CHAI works at a law firm. His voyage in life is made less lonely with a family of deep love, friends of good humour and teachers of selfless giving. This affirms his conviction in the common goodness of people: the better angels of our nature. He tweets at @JamesJSChai.

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

17 October 2017

‘Umno leaders’ popularity among Chinese doesn’t matter’

Koh Jun Lin

It is immaterial which Umno leader is most popular amongst the Chinese Malaysian community, according to Asia Institute Tasmania director James Chin, because their party would not be accepted.

“No matter how popular they are, the majority of Chinese voters cannot accept them because their party Umno represents racism and Islamisation,” he told Malaysiakini when contacted today.

Chin said these findings are not surprising, and showed that the Chinese electorate’s sentiments are still similar to what it was during the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

“The Chinese want to get rid of Umno and BN. They regard Umno as the source of anti-Chinese racism and Islamisation policies,” he explained.

16 October 2017


Top Umno leaders get thumbs down in Malaysian Chinese daily poll


October 16, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR — More than 63 per cent of readers of a Chinese daily do not want any of the most senior Umno leaders in the Najib administration to lead the country, even as the ruling coalition prepares for the next general election.

Offered a choice of Prime Minister Najib Razak and Cabinet ministers Mr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Mr Khairy Jamaluddin and Mr Hishammuddin Hussein as “the best Barisan Nasional leader to lead the country, 63.61 per cent of respondents picked “None of the above”, in Oriental Daily’s poll of 15,000 readers.

On the other end of the political spectrum, jailed Pakatan Harapan leader Mr Anwar Ibrahim garnered the most votes for the best prime minister candidate among opposition leaders.

Almost all of the poll’s respondents hope for a change of government in the 14th general election which is expected to be called before August 2018.


Survey: Chinese rather spoil votes than back Umno or PAS

A survey by Chinese daily Oriental Daily indicated that an overwhelming number of respondents would spoil their votes if they were given a choice of voting for only Umno or PAS.

Of the 14,602 people polled, 70.97 percent said they would spoil their votes if they could only choose between the two, while 15.74 percent said they would back Umno and 13.29 percent said they would back PAS.

Most respondents (79.55 percent) said “good governance” was their main consideration when voting, followed by the economy and equality.

An overwhelming 84.15 percent of respondents said they hoped that there will be a new federal government after the next general election.

Only 6.47 percent hoped for status quo while only 4.09 percent hoped that BN will regain the two-thirds majority.

Meanwhile, an overwhelming majority of respondents polled “none of the above” when asked to choose one of four Umno leaders who should lead the country.

Of the four, Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein led the pack (19.69 percent), followed by Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin (12.15 percent) and Umno president Najib Abdul Razak.

Umno acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi polled last (0.74 percent).

As for Pakatan Harapan leaders, the majority of respondents said PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim should lead the country (38.98 percent), followed by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng (19.74 percent) and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali (10.42 percent).

Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad polled 8.75 percent, followed by PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (6.26 percent) and Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin (1.5 percent).

A significant number of respondents (14.36 percent) voted “none of the above”.


15 October 2017

The Chinese dilemma before election

Pheng is open about his support for the PM. In fact, Hua Zong is organising a national conference of Chinese youths on Oct 21 and the keynote speaker is none other than Najib.

(Blogger’s Note: Pheng is Hua Zong president Tan Sri Pheng Yin Huah,)

For the business community, the PM has won praises for bringing in Chinese investments.
It is learnt that these Chinese community leaders had also discussed issues concerning GE14.

The prevalent topic among them is: Who should they support? Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Harapan?

“I dare say most of the leading Chinese community leaders I know support the BN. There is simply no other choice if you look at the political landscape. But as a matter of policy, we cannot state our stand publicly,” one community leader tells Sunday Star after the meeting.

While Chinese leaders have ruled out supporting PAS due to the hudud Bill, many of them felt that Pakatan is not ready to take over Putrajaya.

There is fear among Chinese community leaders that if MCA and Gerakan were to perform badly in GE14, Najib as Barisan president might invite PAS to join the coalition and the Government.

“The Chinese want political stability. As the opposition is too weak, it is not an alternative to BN,” says an observer.

Pheng admits that “we will get a scolding if we tell the people, especially the young ones, what we think or urge them to support the Government.”

In the 2013 general election, only 13.5% Chinese voters supported the Government.

MCA and Gerakan leaders believe that Barisan could garner 30% support in GE14.


16 September 2017

‘Chinese must realise opposition unlikely to win next GE’

Geraldine Tong

The Chinese community must realise that it is highly unlikely that Pakatan Harapan will be able to capture Putrajaya in the next general election, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“Because if you look at political reality today, they Malays only have two parties representing them; Umno and PAS.

“Pakatan Harapan is not being supported by them (Malays). DAP cannot dream of forming the next government.

“The next government, God willing, will continue to be BN. It is better for the Chinese community to realise this.

“Their (opposition’s) slogan is ini kali lah (this time). We say lain kali lah (next time), or we say tak payah lah (no need),” he said in his speech at the “Malaysian Chinese Patriotic Rally” held at the Putra World Trade Centre today.

The event, which is organised by MCA in conjunction with Malaysia Day, saw around 15,000 Chinese people from all over the country, including Sabah and Sarawak, attending.

Najib said that the opposition’s mantra is to confuse the people if they cannot convince them.

“The opposition will try to either change your mind to hate the government, but if they can’t, they want to confuse you so that you are not sure who is right and who is wrong,” he said.

As such, he reminded the crowd not to rely on the propaganda of the opposition.

Chinese not easily manipulated, they are independent and well informed

August 27, 2017

They do not need special favours, only fairness, good governance and a level playing field.


By TK Chua

When Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said opposition-held states are doing no better than Barisan Nasional-held states, what message was he trying to convey?

When he urged the Chinese community to avoid being manipulated by the opposition, what was that supposed to mean?

When he said he had personally approved citizenship applications of those who were qualified, what exactly was he trying to tell the Chinese?

First, I do not know for sure opposition-held states are doing as badly as BN-held states. Second, I do not know if the state governments, given the nature of our constitution, are given the “freedom” to administer the states freely and independently.

It is time the federal government and all the state governments learn to recognise that the people of this country deserve better. There are so many things the government should have done differently from economic management to public safety and security, national unity, education, to local government and rural development.

I disagree with the notion that the Chinese community are being manipulated by the opposition. I don’t think the Chinese are easily manipulated. On the contrary, I think they are much more independent and well informed than others.

…The Chinese community does not need special favours or preferential treatment. They only need fairness, good governance, a level playing field, and the opportunities to earn, bring up their kids and excel in whatever they do without being unduly constricted by bigotry and narrow-minded philosophy.

Approving citizenship for those who are qualified as citizens of this country is the duty and responsibility of the government. While the Chinese may feel grateful, surely it should not be an intention to make the Chinese feel less worthy of their place in this country.
I am sure the home minister would like to approve citizenship based on qualifications, not on racial or religious backgrounds.


TK Chua is an FMT reader.

* The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

Don’t fall prey to opposition’s lies, Zahid tells Chinese

August 27, 2017

The deputy prime minister urges the Chinese community to give their support back to Barisan Nasional in the 14th general election.

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the Chinese community to avoid being manipulated by the opposition and to give their support back to Barisan Nasional in the 14th general election (GE14).

He said this was because the Chinese community had been influenced to hate and to change the ruling government.

“I call on MCA Wanita to tell the Chinese community to avoid being manipulated by the opposition.

“The opposition has had their opportunities to form the government in several states, but the situation in those states are not exactly better than before.

“Don’t let yourselves to be manipulated by the opposition again, come back to BN, the party that serves all,” he said at the Malaysian Chinese Women Excellence Awards 2017 dinner in Seri Kembangan near here last night.

Zahid, who is also home minister, said the BN government had various programmes to ensure the well-being of people in the country, and he would help ensure the national agenda for the Chinese community would continue to be given priority by the government without marginalising other races.

Citing the citizenship issue as an example, he said he had personally approved the applications made by those who were qualified.

“So far, the applications from MCA, Gerakan and our other component parties have also been approved because it is their right which cannot be denied.

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