Tuesday, 30 April 2013

A different Johor means better and stronger oppositions in Singapore

What do I mean by a different Johor? It means a state no more a ‘fixed deposit’ for UNMO and Barisan Nasional. Voters (especially Chinese voters) in Johor will follow the mainstream voters in Malaysia in rejecting BN on 5 May 2013 and become less ‘influenced’ from Singapore.

Malaysian Nanyang reported yesterday BN may lose 10 federal and 16 state seats to PR in the coming election in Johor state. If this is true, this will be the first time, BN is losing so much ‘fixed deposits’ to the oppositions in Johor.  BN only lost 1 federal seat in 2008.

Because of this development, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin brought out the case of Singapore to caution and warn Johor voters. In today’s Sin Chew, the DPM said Singaporeans were worried about a win of DAP Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah parliament constituency and the aftermath of the slow development in Iskandar.   

Perhaps, he is referring to the People’s Action Party not the ordinary people of Singapore. The PAP, likes UNMO, has been the dominant party in Singapore for more than 50 years. A fall of BN government means the PAP may follow the same route years later.     

Alternative parties in Singapore would like to see a Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win in Malaysia GE 2013.  There are many things Singapore oppositions can learn from PR including the election strategies and recruitment of high quality candidates.

Singapore has more influences in Johor?   

Many Chinese Johoreans are working in Singapore. Their children are educating in Singapore schools and most importantly, they listen and watch Mediacorp programs (TV8, channelU, 958 etc.).  When Kuala Lumpur or Penang experienced reformasi movements or even Bersih clean election movements, Chinese Johoreans were less concerns about these.

They act and behave differently from other northern Malaysians.  Not only the Chinese are different, the Malays in Johor are also different.      
[Barisan chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Johor was very important for the coalition as it was the place where the struggle for modern Malaysia began. Najib said the state's culture of moderation and accommodation known as "The Johor Way" had contributed greatly to its success. He said "The Johor Way" included the moderate and accommodating practices adopted by the state Barisan Nasional-led government, which had seen Johor prosper and remain free of any serious conflict.]http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne%2BNews/Malaysia/Story/A1Story20130430-419314.html

‘The Johor Way’ looks more like a BN way and an UNMO way of deposit.   In some ways, it is also similar to the PAP’s ‘The Singapore Way’.   Group Representative Constituencies are the PAP’s way of election deposits.   However, we have seen the breakthrough in Aljunied.  So, the Johor voters saw this in 2011 and later they also saw the 2 by-elections defeats of the PAP.   As a result, they begin to ask why?   

The PAP is such a strong and capable political party in the world and yet it still can lose ‘election fixed deposit’, then how about Johor state? How about Malaysia as a whole? BN government in many ways is less efficient, less effective and less transparent than the PAP.  Even that the PAP begins to lose deposit as Singapore voters look for change!

So, Chinese Johorean voters saw the political change in Singapore. And now, they are given the opportunity to join the ‘change’ movement due to the strong presence of PR, especially the DAP.

A breakthrough in Johor is important to PR.  This is their strategy to gain more seats in Johor, Sabah and Sarawak so that they can have enough parliament seats to form the federal government.

A change of government is in the making in Malaysia. We welcome the change as we believe a stronger Malaysia is good for Singapore and Singapore oppositions.
[Pakatan Rakyat offers justice, peace and equality for all. This commitment will be met by implementing our clean administrative approach together with robust implementation of our policies. We are a clean and transparent government. Our administration is based on good governance guided by moral principles and universal values. Under our administration, we shall ensure fair and effective distribution of our abundant national wealth, resulting in a marked rise in the quality and standard of living of the people.]http://pakatanrakyat.my/files/ENG-Manifesto-BOOK.pdf

Look like the luck is at PR side.

Luck is not at Najib side

Malaysian PM’s intended visit to Chinese-funded Southern University College was to get closer to the Chinese community.  However, a supposed good publicity has turned into a nightmare to BN.      
[BN supporters molested us at Najib event, claim studentsTwo 19-year-old students of Southern University College have claimed that they were sexually molested by several BN supporters during caretaker Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's function at their university yesterday.]http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/228491
DAP Lim Kit Siang is quick to ask voters to think twice about voting BN. He said if a PM cannot control his own men, how can he run the country?

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