Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Kuala Trengganu By-Election: The Ugly Face of UMNO That Will LOSE Chinese Voters

Read here article in Malaysian Insider,"Fiery words back to haunt Umno "

Should Take Note of the Following

Banner on Jalan Cerong Lanjut in Kampung Tiong in Kuala Trengganu
( In Chinese,it says "Umno is becoming more extreme")


He said in Aug 25,2008 "...as the Chinese were only immigrants it was IMPOSSIBLE to achieve EQUAL rights amongst races.”

And the
UMNO-Led Government REFUSED to Arrest Him under ISA for his RACIST REMARKS against the CHINESE

Adding Insult to the Chinese, Kelantan UMNO Chairman, Tan Sri Annuar Musa asked Barisan Nasional (BN) component party GERAKAN to STOP DEMANDING that Umno and the BN penalise Ahmad Ismail over his racially sensitive remarks calling Malaysian Chinese as 'SQUATTERS'




Cina dijangka memihak Pakatan Rakyat

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Menjelang pengundian Sabtu ini, undian pemilih-pemilih Cina dijangka beralih kepada pembangkang.

Mengikut Pengarah Eksekutif Merdeka Center, Ibrahim Suffian, di kalangan pengundi Cina ISU PERINGKAT NASIONAL lebih mempengaruhi mereka berbanding isu peringkat negeri.

Kata beliau, kecenderungan di kalangan pengundi Cina pula sukar untuk diukur tetapi pemerhatian ke atas respons yang diberikan terhadap isu-isu dibangkitkan menunjukkan sokongan mereka akan sedikit memihak kepada pembangkang.

Berhubung kedudukan landasan negara, hanya 36 peratus responden Cina bersetuju bahawa ia berada dalam landasan yang betul dan berbelah bahagi apabila disoal mengenai arah aliran landasan di peringkat negeri, jelas beliau.

Di kalangan pengundi Cina, 53 peratus mahu kerajaan melayan BUKAN Melayu dengan lebih adil dan 18 peratus yang lain mahu rasuah dihapuskan.

Seramai 119 pengundi Cina ditemu bual dalam tinjauan ini.

Poll finds KT vote still too close to call

Read here for more and here in Malaysian Insider

The Kuala Terengganu by-election remains too close to call.

According to the Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research, the Malay vote was evenly split with about 8 per cent undecided, while the Chinese are leaning slightly towards Pakatan Rakyat (PR).

There were also marked differences in Malay and Chinese voters' sentiment.

The Chinese, considered an important swing vote, consider equality an important factor while the Malays, who make up a majority in the constituency, appeared to see Islam as a major issue.

The Malay voters appeared to be more concerned with the corruption of political leaders.

With respect to the direction of the country, only 36 per cent of Chinese respondents agreed that it was in "the right direction" and were split at 50 per cent with respect to the direction of the state of Terengganu.

At the same time, 70 per cent of Malay voters said that "things were in the right direction" for the state of Terengganu.

Among Chinese voters however, 51 per cent wanted the government "to treat non-Malay communities more fairly" and a further 11per cent cited "fighting corruption".

The survey was conducted by telephone with 527 registered voters. A total of 408 of the respondents were Malays while 119 were Chinese. The poll was conducted between January 7 and January 11.

Among the Chinese respondents however, the issue of fair treatment for non-Bumiputras appeared to have strong currency. About 75 per cent strongly or somewhat agreed that by electing a non-BN candidate, the community could send a strong signal to the BN ruling government.

To another question, 56 per cent of Chinese respondents and 46 per cent of Malay respondents agreed that voting for the Pakatan Rakyat could push the BN government to "correct itself".

The issue of Hudud captured the notice of only one-half of the Chinese voters in Kuala Terengganu. Only 18 per cent of the Chinese voters interviewed remarked that the issue plays a "very important", while a further 32per cent saying "somewhat important" role in the election.

About 74 per cent of Malays felt that "Malay political power was weakened by corrupt and self serving leaders".

The Merdeka Centre said it found it difficult to ascertain the voting intention of voters in the district at the time the poll was conducted. "Based on observations on the data collected, the survey believes that the Malay vote at the point in time the survey was conducted to be split with a small margin of voters, perhaps around 8per cent still remaining undecided. Tendencies among Chinese voters were also difficult to gauge but observations on responses towards issues indicate a slight leaning in favour of the opposition."

BN politicians privately concede that defeat in the Terengganu state capital could result in more electoral setbacks in the future, particularly in Sarawak which must hold its state legislative elections in the next 12 months.

Datuk Seri Najib admitted at a closed-door briefing with several editors from the country’s mainstream news organisations recently the by-election of the Kuala Terengganu constituency as a battleground to blunt the opposition’s momentum which has been on the uptrend since the national elections last March.

The Kuala Terengganu by-election will have a major impact on the political prestige of Najib and the top leaders of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno), which is still struggling to regain its footing after the March national election.

The Chinese, who make up roughly 11 per cent of the constituents in the parliamentary seat, appear to be in an anti-establishment mood.

Sentiment on the Malay ground, particularly among the civil servants and the younger voters, is also lukewarm, at best, towards the government candidate.

Many local politicians in Terengganu say that Umno’s troubles run deeper than the choice of a candidate. The party is wracked by infighting ahead of its own internal elections in March and many of the politicians campaigning in the Kuala Terengganu by-election are in the field to boost their own respective profiles, they say.

A slim victory for Umno, or worse yet a defeat, would only signal the party’s growing disconnect with the public and its failure to carry out internal reforms to renew its appeal among voters. Outgoing Prime Minister Abdullah should not be used as a convenient excuse for defeat.

1 comment:

cyberkatmy said...

Are you aware that the Agence France-Press (Read International) has reported that Mohamad Nasir Mohamad, a father of four and a 22 year old waitress Noorazah Baharuddin were SEPARATELY found drinking beer in pubs last year in central Pahang state. A third accused, a 32 year old S/Porean resident Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was accused of the same offence. She faces a decision on May 4th. The NEW STRAITS TIMES said that the SHARIA HIGH COURT handed down sentances on Monday 12 Jan 2009 of 5000 RM fine and SIX STROKES OF THE CANE. Bear in mind that caning breaks open the flesh and leaves permanent scars. It is equatable to torture as not all strokes cannot normally be carried out at one time.
This in a country that condems the USA and Guantamano Bay and wants to show a face to the world of tolerance, racial harmony and an integrated mixed culture. What I wonder will be next? Stoning to death for adultery? Your tourist industry will suffer once this this is publised internationally and peopleread about your actions. The court that ordered this is not only barbaric and backward but could be accused of treason for attempting to undermine the national economy. Bear in mind too tht Malaysia manufactures beer and presumably the accused were supporting the home economy! Incidently, of the 30 odd Islamic countries in the world, only Iran, Kuwait, Libya and Saudi, ban alcohol. Most others either manufacture, and even export their alcoholic drinks to other Muslim countries.