Finally, the Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia is ready to flash his Chinese Chauvinist clothes in his homestate. Batu Pahat born DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang daring himself to contest in Johor, after other DAP leaders like Dr Boo Cheng Hau already made considerable footings amongst the Chinese in the state.
A pro-Opposition news portal story:
Kit Siang to contest Gelang Patah in GE13, say DAP leaders
KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 — DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang will contest the Gelang Patah parliamentary constituency in Johor as part of the party’s push for more federal seats, say party leaders.
The DAP will also contest Segamat, Kluang, Kulai, Tanjung Piai, Labis and Bakri in the Barisan Nasional (BN) political fortress state to help Pakatan Rakyat (PR) win federal power in the national polls that are expected to be called in weeks.
“We want to win a cluster of new seats in Johor and help take over federal government because it is 50-50 at the moment,” a party leader told The Malaysian Insider today on condition of anonymity.
“Although Gelang Patah was won by MCA the last round with over 8,000 votes, it’s worth the risk,” he added.
PKR contested in Gelang Patah in the past two general elections, but lost both times to Johor Wanita MCA chief Tan Ah Eng. Tan kept the seat in Election 2008 with a majority of 8,851 votes, a smaller majority than the overwhelming 31,666-vote majority in 2004.
Chinese voters make up 54 per cent in the constituency, while Malays and Indians make up 34 per cent and 12 per cent respectively.
Lim’s bid to contest in Gelang Patah, which is about 25km from Johor Baru, will quell the tension between the state’s DAP and PKR chapters that erupted publicly last month.
Johor DAP chief Dr Boo Cheng Hau had accused Johor PKR leader Datuk Chua Jui Meng of sabotaging the DAP in the southern state.
Chua, who was previously a veteran MCA leader and health minister, is believed to have his sights set on contesting in Gelang Patah in Election 2013.
“The seats in south Johor that can be won by DAP and PR are Gelang Patah, Johor Baru, Tebrau, Kulai, Pasir Gudang and Pulai,” another party leader told The Malaysian Insider today on condition of anonymity.
Lim, who is the Ipoh Timur MP, wrested the Tanjung parliamentary seat in Penang in 1986 from Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon and also won the Kampung Kolam state seat. The DAP supremo also helped his party sweep nine other state seats in that year in what was known as the Battle of Tanjung.
In Election 2008, Chinese voters formed nearly half of Segamat’s electorate, with Malays at 41 per cent and Indians at 11 per cent.
PR is confident that it can wrest Segamat by riding on the strong anti-establishment sentiment among the Chinese voters.
It is learnt that Johor BN leaders estimate the present Chinese support to be at 30 per cent, 10 per cent more than its initial “pessimistic” estimates, and are aiming to increase it to 40 per cent once the state’s BN chapter enters into the final lap of its polls campaign.
PR leaders have said they are confident of denting BN’s Johor fortress with the help of Chinese support but admitted that capturing the state would be hard in light of the difficulties in securing the Malay vote.
Despite sweeping Penang, Perak, Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan in Election 2008, the loose coalition of PAS, PKR and the DAP won just one federal and six state seats out of 26 and 56 seats respectively in Johor.
The Chinese Chauvinist DAP felt that since 12GE, more anti establishment Chinese available to Opposition’s support are made available in Johor, especially in the eight Parliamentary consituencies around Greater Johor Bahru.
Most of them are working and earning relatively better income in Singapore but at the same time enjoying their rights being Malaysians.
Since the past four years, DAP has been making pro-active efforts to register them as voters around the Greater Johor Bahru constituencies. Particularly in seats that an increased Chinese voters could be very strategic to the DAP cause.
This political agenda is the Opposition’s new turf and now they are coming in with a full force. It is an extension of the Sino-nisation of Greater Johor, which we previously discussed. Particularly, the extensive meteoric growth of one businessman in his attempt to do a grandstanding in the strategic property game and the inclusion of Singaporean and mainland Chinese entrepreneurs in a very large scheme of projects.
Across the straits, the Singaporean authorities are giving a lot of attention and co-operation in the ‘Greater Johor Bahru Game’, particularly Iskandar Malaysia, Johor CBD and recently launched RAPID. They are even very interested in the infrastructure and communication projects.
The program for the Singaporeans to ‘annex’ Johor is very systematic and structured.
It is clear that the interest is very strategic as DAP is a spin off from Singapore’s ruling PAP. Their interest in Johor, as the supporting role for Singaporean middle income, has also been expressed clearly by their leaders.
Former Prime Minister and still PAP Supremo Lee Kuan Yew did state that he sees Johor as an adjacent of Singapore is part of the “Singaporean hinterland”. After assuming the executive control of the State of Penang, Chief Minister and DAP Secretary General has been making frequent trips to Singapore.
The writing is already on the wall. UMNO’s power base and electoral fixed deposit is being Sino-nised. The insults made by DAP leaders towards HRH Sultan of Johor depicts how arrogant they are.
If Lim wins at Gelang Patah, means the Johor State Government administration centre in Kota Iskandar and the heart of Iskandar Malaysia world class Edu City and world Theme Parks is being represented by a Chinese Chauvinist DAP MP.
Johor today is the same kingdom of the powerful Malay Johor-Riau Empire and is the symbol of Malay nationalism where UMNO was born, two of its Presidents and four its Deputy Presidents are sons of Johor. It is neccessary that the nationalists in Johor brace themselves for the ‘Sino-nisation of Johor’ and act quickly.