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Pas can cheer up, MCA still needs BN

PAKATAN Harapan (PH) last night emerged as the winner in the two Selangor state seats that it was defending simultaneously in straight fights against rivals MCA and PAS.

But what do the Seri Setia and Balakong by-elections ― the second and third in just four months after GE14 ― tell us?

Lets take a quick look at three key things:

1. New record for low turnout

Despite being held on a weekend, the twin by-elections for the Seri Setia and Balakong seat both failed to garner voter attention and hit a glaring historic low turnout rate of just 44 per cent and 43 per cent.

This is markedly different from the 14th general election, where the Election Commission’s decision to fix polling day in the middle of the week actually spurred upset voters to turn out in droves despite the inconvenience for those working.

A high turnout of 82.32 per cent was recorded then for the polls that would determine who helms the federal government and state governments.

It makes one wonder if Malaysians can stomach another by-election in the very near future, where one of the PKR MPs are speculated to be giving up the seat they were voted in for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to contest. Or might those circumstances be different?

Datuk Seri Syed Arabi Idid, a professor at the International Islamic University of Malaysia (IIUM), pointed out that it was the holiday period and also cited voter fatigue.

“To the voter, whoever wins won’t have any effect on the state government,” he said, adding that the low voter-turnout and it being early days of PH in power means that these by-election results shouldn’t be read too deeply into.

The by-elections fell on the long weekend as the coming Monday and Tuesday are holidays, while Selangor is firmly under PH rule with the coalition winning 51 out of 56 seats there unlike some other states where a seat or two could change the balance of power.

Ibrahim Suffian of independent pollster Merdeka Center said the turnout among non-Malay voters for both seats were very low, which he said indicated that “many didn’t see the elections as very important as it didn’t change anything”.

He also observed that anecdotes suggest younger voters stayed away while the older ones took the trouble to vote.

2. Of lone rangers

In the Balakong by-election, DAP’s Wong Siew Ki won 22,508 votes in the Chinese majority seat with a 18,533 vote majority against Tan Chee Teong (3,975 votes) of MCA.

Wong’s predecessor Eddie Ng won 41,768 votes with a majority of 35,538 votes in a three corner fight with PAS (6,230) and MCA (5,874).

Oh Ei Sun, principal adviser of the Pacific Research Center, said “MCA did not gain advantage by using its own logo.”

Going by the numbers, Oh said the Balakong by-election results showed the PH at a ratio of 5.5 to 1 votes against BN and PAS despite the lower voter turnout, which he said was an improvement over the 4 to 1 ratio in GE14.

Syed Arabi said MCA had tried out contesting under its own logo, but believed that it still needs BN and the help of other parties.

“On their own, I don’t think they can march on…This is a good trial run for them, they thought they will be able to capture more Chinese votes but they don’t have the machinery. If they had stood under the BN logo, Umno will help, MIC will help,” he said.

3. Is the PAS-Umno formula a winning combination?

But perhaps the Malay-majority seat Seri Setia was the most closely-watched, with PAS cheering despite losing to PKR’s Halimey Abu Bakar as it improved on its GE14 performance to win 9,698 votes. Halimey won 13,725 votes and by a vote majority of 4,027.

Back in GE14, PKR’s Prof Shaharuddin Badaruddin had a 19,372 vote majority as he won 29,250 votes in a four-corner fight against PAS (4,563), Umno (9,878) and an independent candidate (217).

But Oh said support for PH in Seri Setia has actually increased proportionately, noting that PH retained its vote majority of around 4,000 in both GE14 and the by-election despite the latter’s lower turnout.

Analysts indicate that the PAS-Umno partnership appears to have worked to a certain extent.

Merdeka Center’s Ibrahim said a preliminary assessment suggested that PAS appeared to have garnered a majority of the Malay votes, although not all Malay supporters of BN came out in support of PAS as mirrored in PAS supporters’ response in the recent Sungai Kandis by-election.

“Despite this, the PAS-Umno cooperation has the potential to change outcomes in more Malay-majority seats, particularly those with more than 70 per cent Malay voters,” he said.

The message seems to be that PH cannot rest easy when it comes to Malay votes, with Ibrahim saying that the ruling coalition cannot delay too long on delivering its promised reforms and that PH’s inexperienced Cabinet members have to quickly master the situation despite the steep learning curve

“With the advent of the Sales and Service Tax (SST) and slowing economic growth, it could face a pushback from the B40 voters, which is predominantly Malay,” he said..

Syed Arabi observed that PAS and Umno leaders’ championing of Malay issues such as race, religion and cost of living enabled them to get more Malays to vote against Pakatan, but said PH could garner more Malay votes if it championed the same issue. He said PH’s alleged neglect of the living conditions of the low-income groups in Seri Setia may also have caused PH to lose some Malay votes.

“At this point in time, it’s a good sign to PAS and Umno, if they cooperate, then they will get more votes,” he said of PAS’s own increased tally of votes.

Ilham Centre’s acting CEO Azlan Zainal said the Umno-PAS cooperation and strategy of a straight fight in Seri Setia against PH had resulted in their increased share of the Malay votes, but said it was insufficient to defeat PH.

He also noted the irony where Seri Setia’s Umno voters showed readiness to vote for a PAS candidate, while PAS voters allegedly did not show the same level of support to the Umno candidate in the Sungai Kandis by-election.

Predicting that the 15th general election will revolve around the contest for Malay votes, Azlan said: “The Umno-PAS partnership in the by-election this time successfully showed a shift in votes of eight per cent to PAS. This proves that Malay votes for PH had suffered and it is ‘fragile’ in nature.”

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MR : “Despite this, the PAS-Umno cooperation has the potential to change outcomes in more Malay-majority seats, particularly those with more than 70 per cent Malay voters,” Ini adalah fakta penting. Jika berlaku PRU-15 nanti baru kita tahu kedudukan PH nanti ....


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4 ulasan:

  1. 5 years my friends , 5 years.... more than enough to gather strength of The Malays. Mahathir will 98 by then. He will hold on to power and will be an invalid. His lust for power will break up PH by that time PAS-UMNO coalition will strike back. What I want from UMNO-PAS coalition is just one thing : A promise of Nationalised Health System similar of NHS UK. It will boost Malaysia at par with other Developed Nation and will make Malaysia amongst the greatest Muslim country to provide free quality healthcare for its people.

  2. Obama won the election because of Obamacare. PAS-UMNO can win the election with Malaysiacare. We can call it "Servis Kesihatan Negara". All government hospital will be nationalised and upgraded. Funds will be rightfully allocated according to intertional guidelines and standard. Hospitals will be accredited by an international joint commission. NICE guidelines will be fully implemented. Surfeons and physicians will work on a standardised guidelines evidence based and thus protecting the public from rogus practices and charlatans.

  3. People of all works and classes will no longer have to worry about cost of care and hefty charges from unscrupulous insurance company. GST will be a source of income to maintain a high standard of service with adequate healthcare support and rota system. Servis Kesihatan Negara will be the biggest government employer for the Nation focussing on healthcare and preventive Medicine. It will be the spearhead for research and development enabling full unhindered cooperation and collaboration between health systems in other countries like the UK , Songapore , Australia , New Zealand , Canada and America.

  4. By collaborating research with other leading countries , Malaysian universities will be internationally recognise and will be part of a collegiate group bind together by mutual reasearch goals and entity. Our university ranking shall and will definitely increase. This will then increase our universities competitiveness and desirability making it more prestigious like that of University of Coventry and Warwickshire , University of Liverpool and Manchester, especially in healthcare.
    We must pushed for this agenda if we want what is best for our country. We shall make quality healthcare as our National Agenda. PAS-UMNO will work together and this will by itself fulfill our obligation as a Muslim Ummah as in history The Abbassid Caliphate was the first nation to provide free healthcare service to its people in the reign of Caliph Umar Abdul Aziz.