BN vs DAP in Teluk Intan

gerakan mahIts a straight fight between BN Gerakan Gerakan president Datuk Mah Siew Keong  against DAP Dyana Sofya Mohd Daud.of the Pakatan Alliance in the Teluk Intan by elections.The by-election in Teluk Intan was triggered by DAP Seah’s death due to cancer on May 1.

The seat has 23,301 Malay voters (38.6%), 25,310 Chinese voters (41.9%) and 11,468 Indian voters A total of 60,349 registered voters consisting of 59,927 ordinary voters, 410 early voters and 12 overseas absentee voters are eligible to vote in the by-election.

The early voting will be held on May 27 while the polling day is on May 31.

 

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Sabah “Show Hand Time”

Malaysiakini report http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/103608 .

Our own correspondent Bugi Wijaya of audie61 filed this report .

The visit by the Prime Minister of Malaysia Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Razak to Sabah has been creating some ripples in the Sabah political pond.  While some of the amphibians choose to observe from the side there were a few that were hedging their bets on the game of political power muscle ala Russian poker style.

In case you are not familiar with Sabah politics, its called as “The Land Below The Wind” for good reasons.  Here although the people are not that politically matured as their counterpart from Peninsular and Sarawak (as mentioned by some strong Pakatan supporters because Sabahan kept BN on the 8 March 2008 GE) but they know their rights. 

 After all Sabahans has gone against the Federalism a few times since the early days.  Sabah politics is like the tag line of Nike “Just Do It” and its here that anything goes.

 

So it was the issue of ex-SAPP Deputy President Datuk Raymond Tan Shu Kiah’s position in Chief Minister Datuk Musa Aman’s cabinet that has been hogging the limelight in recent days.  It started with the call by BN’s LDP Deputy President Datuk Chin Su Phin calling for Musa to drop Tan from his cabinet citing Tan as a partyless independent state assemblyman.

The call was timed to concide with court case of the Mazu statute suit brought by former LDP President and CM Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat against Musa.  Many had said it the start of the downfall of CM Musa.

 Although being component party and colleagues in the state administration, the state BN parties followed suit with similar call.  Is this a move to shake CM Musa administration or is it really Raymond Tan they were after or the DCM post?

 As speculations mounted that CM Musa had asked Tan to join a component party to hold on his position as DCM, the question which party came to mind.

 

LDP says they welcome Tan but yet their action were akin to hostile to Tan and his supporters.  PBS and UPKO similarly welcomes them but statements from them were not friendly either.  PBRS has no comment being a Murut based party.  MCA state leader Datuk Edward Khoo had even boasted at a function as late as last Saturday that even if party president (Datuk Ong Tee Keat had met Tan in March with some advises given to Tan) agrees, and the state MCA divisions agrees, Tan would still have to go through him to join MCA.

 

As the seconds ticked and everyone eyeing the DCM post come Monday on PM visit, it is like a Russian poker game.

 

LDP had a straight, PBS and UPKO each had a three of a kind and a flush, PBRS with no hand and Sabah MCA with a Full House.  As Tan voiced his displeasure on how could he join in a party which has been hostile to him and will make his mind on which party to join in due course, MCA Sabah suddenly went on a pr campaign for Tan. 

 A few division head including state deputy chairman Datuk Paul Kong who is a Sarawakian (that’s why Sabah is a good example for PM’s 1Malaysia) had came out in the press welcoming Tan to join them.  There was still no official state by state chairman.

 As the seconds ticked away and even before the dust had settle on PM visit, when it was show-hand time it was Gerakan which had a ROYAL FLUSH!

 As a humble and quiet Tan Sri Koh Tsu Koon announced in the morning prior to the PM meet the people session at the state padang Merdeka, that Tan including ex-SAPP youth leader Au Kam Wah will join Gerakan.

 

Thus, overnight from a really “mosquito” national party in Sabah, Gerakan had manage to upstage the rest including UMNO no. 1 partner MCA.  Gerakan now has a Deputy Chief Minister post.  With support from their ex-SAPP supporters, Gerakan will be a new force to reckon with their multi-racial approach.

 Thus the real winner now is Gerakan.  Another winner could be CM Musa advisor Datuk Tham Nyip Shen.  Tham who is a former DCM and ex-SAPP deputy president, has always been a level headed and action oriented leader.  It is a well kept secret that he is a good strategist and executor of political strategy and thinking.

We say as always,”Sabah politics is really like a roller coaster. You will always be looking over your shoulders as it might just turn overnight.  

Gerakan Rebuilding Begins..We shall SEE

At 12.15pm Malaysiakini has this report that Dr Koh Tsu Koon was elected unopposed as Gerakan president when nominations for the party polls came to a close. Yesterday Tan Lian Hoe won a second term as Gerakan Wanita chief uncontested. The youth chief posts is will be a three way tussle between deputy Youth chief Lim Si Pin, Kedah Youth chief Tan Keng Liang and  Negri Sembilan Youth chief Chai Tek Loong. This augurs well for the party as after the GE12 the party faired miserably and a keen contest signals that the party is still relevant but it needs to rebuild from within.

The full report can be read here :- http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/90699 We know that Koh’s win was no surprise as he was former president Dr Lim Keng Yaik’s annointed successor and had served as acting president since April 8, 2007.

Is this the start and a reawakening for Gerakan? What are their plans? Are they looking for new members as Sarawak has not even been infiltrated by Gerakan. PPP has spread its wings to Sarawak but without much success. There was a cordial meeting and exchanges of ideas between Koh Tsu Koon and Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister and President of SUPP George Chan about 3 months ago.

It will be a breadth of fresh air and there are certainly many potential grassroot leaders to be tapped from the eastern shores. Even those in PRS have sounded their interests on more than one occasion. PRS is after all a multi racial party and those who are already inside will subscribe to the principles of Gerakan. This certainly provides for an avenue for BN to look into as many local politicians will then be able to play a bigger role in National politics. But please do not twist and make it into an issue within PRS as this picture are only for those who THINKS THAT NATIONAL POLITICS are for them. This also does not mean everyone in PRS is interested. Its up to the movers and shakers of BN to see this “POTENTIAL”. That I leave it all to them…Anyway, Tan Sri Dr.Koh congratulations….. Let the rebuilding begin..