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The race card being played to the hiltIt does not matter whether it is Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat. Both play the race card to the hilt. This is what Malaysian politics has been reduced to. And now we are told that Malaysia is ‘Tanah Melayu’ or Malay Soil. 1Malaysia and Ketuanan Rakyat have been reduced to empty slogans because the underlying factor is still race.
Tenang is not reflective of the general sentimentsYou can’t avoid race and religion when it comes to Malaysian politics and elections. Johor is an Umno ‘fortress’ and therefore difficult for the opposition to penetrate. Furthermore, unless the opposition can swing the Malay votes it would not be able to dislodge Barisan Nasional. And FELDA, just like the Orang Asli and natives of Sabah and Sarawak, are Barisan Nasional’s ‘fixed deposit’. But is Tenang the yardstick for nation-wide sentiments?
What I expected to happenThis is what I said three days before the Tenang by-election. Basically, with the majority of the Malay voters coming from the Felda settlers, Umno would be expected to win the by-election. The only question would be by how much.
The sour grapes syndromeWhenever anyone resigns from PKR or Pakatan Rakyat they always say it is because they are ex-Umno or ex-Barisan Nasional people; so what do you expect? These people are not reliable or honest and eventually they betray the opposition and go back to their old party. Does this apply to all ex-Umno or ex-BN people in the opposition who are yet to leave the opposition to go back to the ruling party?
The story of the four Tan SrisTan Sri Robert Phang Miow Sin has quit as a member of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Consultation and Corruption Prevention Panel. What is the story behind his resignation and what is the link with another three Tan Sris -- Tajuddin Ramli, Gani Patail and Ramon Navaratnam?
Umno’s new election strategyUmno is now looking at fielding winnable candidates for the next elections rather than candidates from amongst the local warlords like in the past. And they are experimenting this with the ongoing and coming by-elections. This has stirred things somewhat but eventually the grassroots accept the decision of the leadership. Let’s see if this actually helps them win the by-elections.