Kit Siang will lose in Gelang Patah unless ….

The Pirates of Putra Jaya

Gelang Patah is one of the hottest seats right now in the country. UMNO is in full alert after the introduction of Lim Kit Siang into this area. After conducting a situation analysis on the ground, the Pirates is coming to the following conclusion

Situation Analysis

The results in 2008 should give UMNO a cause to worry. In N48 Skudai, DAP led by Dr Boo managed to overturn a 2,193 majority for BN obtained in 2004 into a landslide 12,854 majority. This was a net shift of over 14,000 votes in 4 years that indicates the GE 12 tsunami did reach the shores of Johor. Dr Boo’s giant killing feat in this regard should not be underestimated as well.

Elsewhere, in N49 Nusajaya, BN managed to hold the seat. BN’s candidate YB Aziz Sapian managed to beat out PAS’s Mohd. Shah Lamat with an over 7,000 majority. This however was still a far cry from the 14,000 majority BN obtained in 2004, to which people attribute it as being caused by Pak Lah.

Now here comes the interesting bit. If you add the number of votes obtained by PR component parties, namely DAP and PAS, it should add to 32,383. This would have allowed PR to gain a comfortable 5,000+ majority and take Gelang Patah away from BN.

However, it did not turn out that way. Instead MCA’s Tan Ah Eng beat out Dr Zaleha Mustafa comfortably, obtaining 33,630 votes compared to the 24,779 votes obtained by Dr Zaleha’s.

This meant that on a net basis, over 7,000 voters who had voted for PR turned and voted for BN. If we add Malay voters who would have voted for BN in the state and PR in the Parliament in order to support a Malay candidate, this indicates that the actual number of Chinese votes lost by PR in Parliament could be as high as 8,500 to 10,000 votes.

Our assessment of this area is that UMNO support is around 80-85% of the Malays in this area. The net increase in Chinese voters for PR may be strong, but if a solid 80% turns out against Kit Siang, the situation may turn out to be more difficult than usual.

The key issue for DAP in this battle is to ensure that MCA’s Jason Teoh is replaced by Ghani. From our observations, if Jason Teoh is repalced, then Jason’s supporters will sabotage Ghani at the polls. If DAP can hold on to 80% of the votes secured in 2008, then he will still need 28% of the Malay vote assuming that only of the 30% of the Indian votes are cast in favour of the DAP.

As it stands 28% is touch and go for LKS. Our feel of Malay support for Kit Siang in Gelang Patah could be as low as 10% to 15%. Thus it is quite conceivable that Kit Siang would lose given the current circumstances.

The biggest difficulty for PR right now is its complete lack of a strategy in Johor. The big issue with the Malays in this state is Lim Kang Hoo. But so far, PR has strangely avoided bringing up this issue. Other issues surround the takeover of the land by PTP and this too has been avoided.

This issue becomes critical given the choice of candidate. Right now, Dr Mahathir’s factions are pushing for Ghani to vacate his state seat and contest in Gelang Patah against Kit Siang.

No doubt this will cause a great disappointment for Jason but Ghani is still a formidable opponent to face down Kit Siang. Given Ghani’s status in Johor, it is quite conceivable that he will be able to obtain at least 30% of the Chinese votes and 80% of the Indian votes. In order for Kit Siang to beat Ghani, Kit Siang needs to obtain at least 30% of the Malay votes, which is an extremely difficult hurdle to cross.

This has caused headaches for Kit Siang. If Kit Siang turns on the racial afterburners in Gelang Patah, it may backfire as our survey have indicated that there exists a segment of Chinese voters who put great value in preserving “tranquillity” and will be turned off by the Sibu style campaign tactics. The situation in Johor and Sibu is greatly different, because Ghani is not as hated by the Chinese over here as was Pek Moh in Sarawak.

With respect to the Malay votes, PR’s current strategy of trying to portray DAP as a non-racist organization is doomed to fail. The voters won’t buy it which has so far led to PAS being extremely weak in this area. Rightfully or wrongfully, Malay voters I talked to who may have an issue with an MCA candidate will not vote for Kit Siang as that is a jump too far for them to make. As the blogger Another Brick In Wall said, either PAS wakes up its idea in Gelang Patah or it will face annilihation in the Malay majority areas. National issues are not considered favourable as Najib enjoys a relatively strong approval rating amongst the Malays here, and surprisingly even a better opinion than Tan Sri Muhiyiddin Yassin.

The only option is for PR to secretly field an anti Ghani candidate in order to prevent Ghani from gaining 85% of the Malay votes. In this regard we have already done our homework and have identified Mat Bendang, an ex UMNO strongman contractor whose fate had taken a dive for the worse with the emergence of Abang Sam.

The issue of Lim Kang Hoo can be more effectively played by this “3rd party” candidate who can also work together with PAS’ campaign machinery. After all right now PAS campaign machinery is considered very weak and areas like Kg Pulai which used to be strong PAS have now returned back to UMNO. In fact PAS can even roll out its campaign infrastructure for an anti Ghani candidate because no matter what PAS does for Kit Siang in the lead up to polling day, it will have 0 effect against changing Malay voter perception towards Kit Siang. So rather than waste this campaign machinery, PAS can campaign hard on land issues and Ghani’s perceived weakness to cause a split in the UMNO ranks. If the third party candidate can steal 10% of the Malay votes due to the Kang Hoo issue, then Kit Siang can just about squeeze in and obtain a razor thin several hundred vote victory over Ghani.

From our survey, it seems that this issue involving Lim Kang Hoo is heard in the grapevine but not fully explained to the people. Without its exploitation, it seems quite likely that Lim Kit Siang will face his waterloo in Gelang Patah.

  1. #1 by Chong Zhemin on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 6:57 am

    Very interesting analysis. Field an independent to split BN Malay votes, sounds possible on paper. But this is based on one premise, Malay that votes for pas is not willing to vote for DAP.

    But i am far more optimistic. I believe the crossing of votes will happen. Back in 2008 there is no electoral pact between DAP and PAS. After 5 years of cooperation, I believe supporters of both side can receive the other parties well. And the crossing of votes will happen this time. Let us hope that this is true and this will be the end of BN.

  2. #2 by pulau_sibu on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 8:13 am

    Lim Kit Siang is going to win uncontested

  3. #3 by Bigjoe on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 8:18 am

    So their whole thinking rest on the fact they think LKS cannot free himself from being painted as not racist – not getting either enough Malay or the Indian votes..

    LKS has been multi-lingual his entire life and even as old as he is, his Bahasa continues to improve. Saying he can’t get more than 10% Malay and 30% Indian, simply disrespectly.

    With everyone trooping through Gelang Patah, Mat Sabu, Anwar, LGE, etc etc, the onus really is on UMNO/BN to turn on the racist card to win it. Not for LKS to prove he is not racist.

  4. #4 by cseng on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 8:20 am

    The beuty of PR is PAS malay will vote DAP, and DAP chinese can vote PAS. That alone suffice to sink MCA, wheather that also sink umno, Gelang Patah would confirm.

    I hold different view, i think the 8000+ votes that voted PR at state but BN are majority chinese. If this is the case, then LKS wins.

  5. #5 by drngsc on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 8:52 am

    No worry Kit, the tide for change across the world, has reached Malaysia, and this tide will turn into a tsunami on 5th May 2013. You will win, hands down. I think the present Johore MB also knows that. I do not think that he will take you on. You can read only so much into numbers, but the sentiment for change is across this nation, obviously fanned by the excesses of the present government. Their SAPU SAPU SAPU, ANGPOW1, ANGPOW2 ANGPOW3. LISTEN LISTEN LISTEN mentality, has made us all fed-up. They have themselves to blame. Made our work easier.
    But please, continue to work hard, and do not shoot your self in the foot. This GE 13 is for PR to lose. They will cheat, but we will prevail through shear hard work.

    We must change the tenant at Putrajaya. GE 13 is on 5th may 2013. Please, let us all work doubly hard. We have 25 days to go. Get all eligible to vote. Minimise the spoil votes. Preach the message of “proper voting”. We can all do it together. On 6th May, we shall be in Putrajaya.

    Change we must. Change we can. Change we shall.

  6. #6 by lee tai king (previously dagen) on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 9:19 am

    My assessment. This time more than 80% of chinese will turn to pakatan. And in case of dap (with LKS in the ring) the number will rise to more than 85%. This block of support alone will give LKS an overall 43% votes. Almost home. So yes, in my view LKS should win in GP. But of course that does not mean we can now throw all caution to the wind.

  7. #7 by omeqiu on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 9:55 am

    If the two opposing UMNO camps come to an agreement in Johor, LKS is toast.

  8. #8 by chengho on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 10:55 am

    underground bet , the odd to 1 to 2 , for Kit to lose
    Ghani only need 35% chinese vote to win

  9. #9 by dawsheng on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 11:14 am

    The article suggests that to win Malay votes DAP has to use a Chinese crony-businessman as bogeyman, this is purely racist ideology. I think the suggestion is stupid, distasteful and dangerous.

  10. #10 by dawsheng on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 11:28 am

    The focus of the campaign must be based on real issues that affect daily lives.

  11. #11 by sotong on Thursday, 11 April 2013 - 6:03 pm

    Like other races, well informed Malays are sick with the toxic political environment of race and religion of the past decades….let alone bad leadership, gross mismanagement, rampant corruption and etc..destroying the country.

  12. #12 by Noble House on Friday, 12 April 2013 - 2:42 am

    “Invincibility lies in the defense; the possibility of victory in the attack.” ~ Sun Tzu.

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