The majority of urban Chinese voters are very practical in casting their votes for any candidate. Gone are the days in the State Constituency we vote for 3 Rings and Parliament it’s the Rocket.
A very important criteria for the urban voters is who helms the Leadership of the State and also the Party chiefs. “Bread and Butter”,Inflationary costs are the common issues which needs to be addressed in any elections to win votes.
What remains TOP PRIORITY but often overlooked for the swing of urban votes are those which concerns security,education,conducive economic climate,affordable housing religious tolerance and freedom. They play a very significant role in the final analysis to those who cast their votes.
Sarawak does provide most of that but due to the tussle between SUPP and UPP which has lingered on till today the urban voters still have their reservations especially for Parliamentary Elections.
The last State Elections the Chinese swung back in droves especially in the urban areas was mainly due to the CM ADENAN FACTOR as he was instrumental in making the Chinese feeling right at home with his administration.
Abang Jo is his own man and he has got the party mandate from the recently concluded PBB AGM to lead as President. He knows its a tough act to follow as he not only need to balance up and ensure that all communities needs and wants are looked into and delivered as promised before he steps up to call for a State Election.
But for now its the Parliamentary Election and he will lead for the very first time as State BN Chairman and ultimately he needs all parties and members to stay united to face a common enemy.
SUPP President and Minister in his adminsitration have made a ‘BOLD” rallying call that SUPP will make a clean sweep of all seven seats allocated to it in the coming General Election.
Abang Jo would be the first person to acknowledge and congratulate not only the party but also the Urban voters if all the lost seats are wrestle back. The former President of the SUPP George Chan was very kind in saying,”Doctor Sim is not only a good doctor but a Brilliant Political Marketing Person.”
Why? He brought SUPP from the ashes of defeat and got the house in order and now it has risen to a greater heights. The Party only manged 1/7 seats in GE13 and now he is focusing on 7/7 in GE!$ which even if he achieves to wrestle half the party is on the right track.
There are many arm chair political critics/analyst of course.
This statement by political analyst Associate Professor Dr Jeniri Amir reflects clearly,”“Such a an ambitious statement is just to boost the morale of the party members but personally, I don’t think SUPP can win all the seven seats.“It’s going to be an uphill battle for them and I think at most they can win four seats,”
Moreover the opposition front for one will try their level best to ensure that their seats are maintained and ensure SUPP will not be able to achieve and the President eat his words so to say.
audie61 was asked at one time by then YB now Deputy Minister and SG of PBB why we used the analogy of football in politics. There is not much different as in Politics and in football if there are no team spirit,determination,commitment and special players there would be success.
A Masterpiece of Words came from Jose Mourinho after winning the Europa league when he told his critics,”There are lots of poets in football but poets don’t win many titles.”
Sarcasm by Jose but in actual fact its reality and Professor Sim when he uttered those words he knows what he is doing and his men are slowly but surely doing things in tandem and rightfully so.
The POLITICAL TEAM WORK is of vital importance and if there are backstabbers and infighting the people will see it CLEARLY and will cast their votes to the ones they feel will deliver not only in rhetoric or by promises but ‘walking the talk“
A former PKR State assemblyman has even have kind words for Professor Sim and said he is really doing his work and even as a doctor he knows there is so much that his body can take it. He is here,there and everywhere and its a tough act for DAP YB’s to swallow and his SUPP party subordinates needs to up their ante to focus on the voters they can win back.
He touched on the SG of SUPP and now State YB and he knows that after his defeat in the Miri Parliamentary seat in GE13 according to his sources he was told by the late CM to start work right now,engage with the people and delivered the State seat back to SUPP. He did that.
Rhetorics work for DAP and playing to the gallery works previously but their engagement with the people is a distant second as compared to SUPP new faces who have been working the ground to ensure that the party will gain back their former seats.
Even the ever “brash and direct” Milton Foo who at one time is politically naive has grown up and toned down for the greater good of the party. He is seen now to walk together with their President. Their work is far from finish and they need the Urban Chinese to be on their side.
The Stampin Seat which was lost to fresh faced DAP Julian Tan was a crushing and direct blow to SUPP in 2013. Julian won with a majority of 18,670 votes defeating long-term MP Datuk Yong Khoon Seng and Lina Soo of STAR. It does seem now that the incumbent is making way for another new face in Dr Kelvin Yii (special assistant to MP Kuching)
Chong the DAP State Chairman has this to say,” Julian Tan will not be contesting in the next (parliamentary) election as he has decided to retire from politics and focus on a career in science and technology.”
SUPP Kota Sentosa Chairman Wilfred Yap has already dared Chong to leave his “Safe Kuching seat” to come up against him in Stampin. In the last state elections eventhough he lost Wilfred managed to trim down Chongs majority.
Wilfred knows that SUPP might wrestle back the Stampin seat as the two state seats of Batu Kawa and Batu Kitang in the Parliamentary area are now respectively with the Party President Sim and Padawan Chairman Lo Khere Chiang.
The scenario has changed and Wilfred knows that eventhough he has worked the area for the past 2 years there are calls by the general public to field the party President. Wilfred is a party faithful and said,”there is chance that we will pull through and there is still a lot of hard work ahead. If either he or party president is fielded SUPP stands a very good chance. He will stand by his President and campaign hard to win the seat for SUPP if he is asked to do so.”
Abdul Aziz Isa special assistant to Sarawak DAP chairman Chong has even taken a dig against Wilfred who is also the SUPP PCB (public complaints brueau) chief after he dared Chong to go to Stampin Parliament instead of his fortress Kuching seat in a ‘rematch”. DAP Sarawak is feeling the heat and they are finding ways to tarnish SUPP’s capabilities and working machinery.
There is now even is rumours that DAP may swap Stampin with PKR for the Miri seat This latest news paper clippings in which PKR Sarawak election director Baharuddin Dato Mokhsen said,” I heard about it but it is beyond me to comment on party policy especially when it involves another component party.“
It is not going to be an easy ride for DAP Sarawak and Pakatan Harapan in this coming elections. Even an SUPP PCB Chief can challenge the DAP Chairman openly and it has create a stir and straight talking Wilfred has sounded the war drums in which his fellow comrades must use as it has shaken the living daylights out of the Sarawak DAP.
The Impian Sarawak DAP Projects which was supposed to reap benefits for the party was crushed by the ADENAN Factor and SUPP has greatly benefited. President Sim has worked tirelessly moving his team to engage fully with the constituents and do away with the public perception “towkay party””cutting ribbons” party and “lavish dinner” party.
The call has been to outreach the voters and ensure also former members come back to the fold. It is a good sign for the party SUPP if breakaway comrades in UPP says,“I am sure that the Chinese community leaders and members across Sarawak – and in Sibu, in particular – are looking forward anxiously to the two parties working closer together towards greater unity.”
DAP is anxiously looking at this and are willing that the two parties do not come to a compromise or united together as one. They will be hoping that they remain as such and are at logger heads with each other.
State BN Chairman Abang Jo has been tasked by PM Najib and BN Chairman to ensure that this will be solved to ensure that the lost seats are won back into the BN fold. Abang Jo has the political know how and his political will to wrestle more than 25 seats from 31 Parliamentary seats will benefit greatly BN in the final tallying of seats won.
DAP in the urban areas knows that they are cornered and with Abang Jo and Sim together they represent a very likeable twin leadership for the Sarawak team.
Both of them ‘walk their talk” and they will go all out to assist and provide for the rakyat as they know they are there because of the RAKYAT.