Semenyih Alert

Looking out for winners from Semenyih’s Broga Hill

In the three previous Selangor by-elections, Pakatan Harapan won convincingly. Sungai Kandis, Seri Setia and Balakong.

To begin with until 2018, the seat was a BN stronghold. So already it is different to the PKR controlled Sungai Kandis and Seri Setia, and the DAP bedrock of Balakong.

The three by-elections are no reflection of the impending outcome, and it is deeper into the Pakatan administration, meaning the voters are less patient with the novice federal administration.

Semenyih probably won’t be straightforward. The southern seat inside my Hulu Langat has the ingredients of being a massive slip-up for Pakatan.

While a state seat, its outcome would be a message to the federal government. A direct message. Continue reading “Semenyih Alert”

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They Are Not Fools On The Hill

Candidates…Let them handle their own fight.

The Cameron Highlands by-election has been a homage for the hillside escape, from both sides.

For a constituency left behind, wedged-in by poverty — homes without water and electricity supply — to seasonal floods from the indiscriminate felling of forests for commercial purposes, the current attention must be overwhelming.

Malaysian politician are enamoured by it, for now.

There are operatives arriving from Borneo to campaign, sticking to the idiom, leave no stone unturned to procure victory for Pakatan Harapan.

Diminished as they may be, BN are giving it their all in the only major state they run. (Apologies to Perlis).

However, I fear, the locals can smell the bullshit a mile away, or even further till Tapah. Continue reading “They Are Not Fools On The Hill”

The PD By-Election Losers? Voters

The silent war through gossip.

Many have weighed in on the upcoming Port Dickson by-election. One group has not. An insignificant group. The actual voters of Port Dickson.

More than most, since located in a coastal attraction close enough to the capital, the residents in that constituency are used to people, coming and going. Procuring floaties, kites and banana ride services, before the Sunday evening drive.

Whether they see Anwar Ibrahim, his opponent or the army of supporters about to descend on the holiday town, as new friends or just people who’d take what PD can offer, will be revealed on voting day.

Don’t misunderstand, Anwar will win, there is not even the remotest chance of defeat. Turnout, however, is a different matter. Continue reading “The PD By-Election Losers? Voters”

Will Port Dickson Show Up For Anwar Ibrahim?

Seizing the beach in Port Dickson, Anwar.

The result is a foregone conclusion, the Port Dickson by-election winner.

Anwar Ibrahim will win, barring the impossible.

MIC can’t muster a candidate of value, and when it is the added lustre of a by-election, the candidate they do find might melt beachside on nomination day.

As a traditional seat of the minion minor party, the last winner from the party being S Sothinathan, it might entice Umno to ask MIC to step back and let a real contest transpire.

Might as well, and probably a likely scenario since there is no Barisan Nasional anymore. Continue reading “Will Port Dickson Show Up For Anwar Ibrahim?”

Pakatan Needs Its Sexyback

The real truth? Both Anwar and Mahathir have lost their shine with a segment of Malaysians.

Pakatan Harapan has to wake up to the reality, they are not as appealing to their base as they were last May 9.

If the three by-elections — Sungai Kandis, Balakong and Seri Setia — are worthy barometers, which they are.

In way, I like it. It reinforces the idea voting days are snapshots and no one owns votes except the voters. There is a limit to assume mandates as blank cheques for those in power.

Right now, so many Malaysians are not impressed by any politician, of any colour. Continue reading “Pakatan Needs Its Sexyback”

Sungai Kandis Analysis: You Kinda Suck

Long queues were not a problem last weekend in Sungai Kandis

It was pointless to write about this before Monday, when the workday begins.

Because over the weekend, it seems, not enough people chose to care about the Sungai Kandis by-election. Statisticians had to reach for their binders to locate when was the last time, less than half the voters came out to vote in a by-election.

Already, the theories are flying about why only 49% of the Selangor constituency nestled in the Klang-Shah Alam zone, wanted a ballot paper.

Some of them prove Malaysians do not lack an imagination.

1. The people did not vote because they were disappointed with Pakatan Harapan Continue reading “Sungai Kandis Analysis: You Kinda Suck”