Kit Siang in Johor will be as earth-shaking as 308

K Temoc
Mar 22, 2013

I refer to your news article ‘Guan Eng sends Liew on mission to ‘K’ seat in Johor’ which informs us of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) election strategy to breach the Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold in Johor. By now, everyone knows that veteran politician Lim Kit Siang will not stand in his current blue ribbon seat in Ipoh Timor in order to offer himself as an election candidate to the people of Gelang Patah in Johor to represent them in the next federal parliament.

His intention has struck terror in the BN camp, which has even drawn out former PM and Umno icon Dr Mahathir Mohamad to make what I see as a half-hearted but obligatory dismissal of the DAP man’s candidature in Gelang Patah.

Lim KS standing in and winning that Johor federal constituency will be as earth-shaking as the 2008 political tsunami. More than the BN’s fear of losing a federal seat, the Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA) knows that such an occurrence will virtually be its death knell, for a Lim KS victory will not only defeat Tan Ah Eng, its candidate in Gelang Patah, but will effectively strike right into its political heart.

So much is at stake for BN but no more than that for Lim KS.

And of course we aren’t surprised that A Kadir Jasin, a pro-Umno blogger (and former group editor-in-chief of NSTP Bhd and at times also a Berita Harian columnist) has taken up the cudgels against DAP in his blog post ‘Johor Ahoy, Here Comes Lim Kit Siang’.

Really, there is nothing new or substantial in his post, with its core appeal or subtext being nothing more than the ‘Malay unity’ mantra again, telling or rather warning his readership of the alleged formidable DAP juggernaut with its 30 percent solid Chinese voting bloc once the Pakatan component party has demolished MCA, in contrast to what he bemoans as the Malay-bumiputera votes being split three ways among Umno, PAS and PKR.

Of course he neglects to inform his readership of several truths, that firstly, the DAP isn’t and won’t be the only Pakatan component party to command Chinese votes which would also go to PKR.

Secondly and far more importantly, he fails or conveniently forgets to explain why the MCA and the Gerakan Party, two Chinese-based (or Chinese-majority) members of the BN, will not be obtaining any of the 30 percent Chinese votes in Johor. If only he would be brave enough to admit that DAP’s election strategy in Johor has been based in large part on the failures of the BN to satisfactorily represent the non-Malay voters there.

The conventional wisdom in political competition is that parties do not win but rather lose an election, thus DAP’s current concerted move into Johor, a hitherto BN fortress, is in anticipation of a major loss by the MCA in its traditional seats, an indication of the voting public’s lack of confidence in the Chinese-based BN party.

Pak Kadir has actually signalled this BN-MCA fear when he laments that “the concentration of Chinese votes under one party [meaning DAP] would worsen further the already acute racial polarisation in the political arena.”

A crying Sang Buaya

It is quite amusing that Pak Kadir, a known Umno mouthpiece, who has recently made disappointing remarks about the loyalty of Chinese in his earlier post ‘Sabah Incursion: Hang the Traitors’ could bring himself to pontificate about racial polarisation. But then I suppose his targeted readership may not consider him as I do, a crying Sang Buaya.

In his post he also echoes the MCA, though in more subtle fashion, in criticizing Lim KS as a political rolling stone which presumably is unlikely to gather any moss, having contested in four states. Let me quickly correct the traditional impression of that out-dated proverb, for today we don’t want a politician to be slimy as gathered moss, so Lim KS and other DAP politicians should roll as much and as far as is necessary for the public good.

But perhaps Pak Kadir should not make comments out of context, by not mentioning that Lim KS’ courageous political career spans a period of almost 45 years. How could contesting in four states in almost half a century be unusual? Where the need arises for his presence, Lim KS would be there.

Also, unlike many BN politicians who prefer to huddle in safe and comfortable blue ribbon seats for their own political interests, Lim KS is prepared to put his political career where his mouth is. He goes where his party wants him.

Pak Kadir is also wrong in stating that the DAP prime consideration for descending on Johor is to kill off the MCA, having already delivered a knock-out blow to Gerakan in Penang in 2008. His analysis has been superficial but which perhaps reflects the mindset of the BN side of politics.

DAP goes down to Johor at great risks not so much to demolish MCA but more to offer the Johoreans an alternative choice to represent them in parliament. Lim KS and colleagues reckon it’s time to make such an offer, and they would be political remissive if they fail to do so. That’s political responsibility and obligations of the highest order. And should MCA be so demolished in that process, well, that’s politics, isn’t it?

Thus, Pak Kadir’s statement that Lim KS will be playing second fiddle to PAS’s Salahuddin Ayub is irrelevant because the DAP only wants to represent Johoreans in politics, and is politically mature not to expect nor seek the menteri besar’s appointment. I regret I am unable to even credit Pak Kadir with a ‘good try’ for his naughty shot.

Anyway, let us conclude by remembering that an earlier Gerakan Party, then under different and superior management, did precisely that to the MCA in Penang in 1969 when it won by a landslide and swept Wong Pow Nee’s party out.

Today, the difference between Gerakan and DAP is that the former has forgotten George Santayana’s advice, ‘those cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’, thus suffering in 2008 the very same fate it delivered to the MCA in 1969.

  1. #1 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 8:23 am

    Going by the crowd at Kg Majidee, the Johor urban crowd is not that different than Klang Valley..

    The main difference in Johor is still Felda votes. The real shame is that Felda Johor voters have no clue that they are the ones that should vote PR. Not only is the FGV deal is going to be bad for them for a long long time..More than anybody else, they need and in best position to take advantage of PR’s program from free and better education, better social services, more opportunities from transparency, open competition, etc..

    If one there was a way to tell them – what Taib & familyu does to Sarawak natives, UMNO does it to people in Felda?

  2. #2 by monsterball on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 8:50 am

    Hypocrite mamak said LKS stands at Gelang Patah makes no difference.
    Soi Lek said LKS does nothing for Malaysian Chinese.
    He said LKS keep changing seats..doing nothing after being elected.
    All Malaysians know is that….LKS is risking and succeeded in taking seats away from BN…especially from MCA….weaking BN indirectly…and that’s why Malaysians love and respect LKS.
    Soi Lek is a nobody in politics..compared to LKS.

  3. #3 by boh-liao on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 8:52 am

    NR n UmnoB/BN now activate Registrar of Societies 2 deregister DAP – d move 2 cekmate DAP/PR b4 GE13

    • #4 by NewMsian on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 2:40 pm

      If they let candidates nominate under DAP rocket.
      After nomination and before election, they suspend DAP.
      What would be the legal position of the nominated DAP candidates?
      Can they still stand for election under PKR logo?

  4. #5 by Bigjoe on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 2:36 pm

    BUT Mahathir even more terror – he now OUR EXPERT in Guerilla warfare – UMNO/BN should strap him with a uniform and a gun and send him into Sabah jungle!!!!

  5. #6 by Taikohtai on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 3:21 pm

    LKS has struck the first blow. I am positive that there will be others. Pakatan’s strategy of sending out old Generals into enemy heartland shows that they are prepared to sacrifice their political lives for the sake of unprecedented victory for the sake of a better nation.
    Who else shall follow? I am sure even DSAI will be recontesting in a more marginal seat than PP. Same with LGE, Hadi, etc. Its time to flank out to surround the deadwood enemies. Its time to show Malaysia that Pakatan will not risk their own Generals for the sake of a better future.
    This is the mother of all election battles with the evil EC as Lord Darth Vader of the BN dark side. No prize for guessing who is Princess Leia. May the force be with Pakatan.

  6. #7 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 4:06 pm

    I have long given up (more years than I can remember) reading A Kadir Jasin, a scribe of very little originality and lesser still in intellect. Sorry, but that’s the brutal truth.

    After all those years in the mainstream media, I think Mahathir and his goons must have recognised this lack of substance and credibility in his penmanship and replaced him with the Kok Lanas Diarist, a failure too in his own right.

    Truth be told, Pak Kadir, as you would call him, has a mercenary mind and the “grapevine” has it he is no more than a mouthpiece for Daim (you-know-who) and only latterly for the UMNO that is going to lose big-time come GE 13.

  7. #8 by sotong on Sunday, 24 March 2013 - 4:53 pm

    Like other races, ordinary Malays want basic liberation and freedom to a normal life.

    Do you thing they want to live in the present unhealthy political environment of unfounded fear and insecurity to vote for one party, let alone rampant corruption, abuse of power, Illegal ICs and etc.?

  8. #9 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Monday, 25 March 2013 - 8:58 am

    LKS does nothing for the chinese in malaysia said soilek.

    This remark shows conclusively the reason why mca was rejected in GE12 and the reason why mca must continue to be rejected now and forever.

  9. #10 by Bunch of Suckers on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 - 7:19 am

    Absolutely! Chua SOLD Lek (You in Cantonese) to UMNO suckers…

    Dare you, Chua SOLD LEK, to contest in Gelang Patah? You MUST be readied for porn actor career!!!

  10. #11 by rockdaboat on Tuesday, 26 March 2013 - 9:52 pm

    SO WHAT, chua soil lick?

    It doesn’t matter what LKS has done or has not done, either way, we will NEVER VOTE mca.

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