Umno has something to think about – and it is not yet even the election campaign. This was the scene in the Jerantut and Maran area tonight at a ceramah focusing on what ails Felda. Despite Mahathir not being around, more than 2,000 people turned up to listen to other Bersatu and opposition speakers.

Among the speakers were Persatuan Anak Peneroka Felda Kebangsaan (Anak) chairman Mazlan Aliman, Mukhriz Mahathir, Pahang PKR chairman Fauzi Abd Rahman, Raub MP Ariff Sabri, Zaid ibrahim and other Bersatu leaders

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  1. Every year Felda is bleeding money. How long will Felda last with huge cash outflows? Or mounting debts especially Trade Creditors (assuming Felda withholds payments to them). Even if Felda wants to dispose its Fixed Assets, it will take TIME which Felda may not have much of. Shahrir should be truthful and disclose the whole story of Felda’s mismanagement in the past. Tell people where it went wrong & only then suggest a workable plan of action to save Felda.

  2. YB Liew Chin Tong’s speech at “Rebuilding Hope” DAP Public Forum on 26th February 2017 in Miri, Sarawak:

    Will UMNO become an opposition party?

    One question Sarawakians often asked me is whether UMNO will come to Sarawak to take over the state government, and rule it the way it does in Sabah since 1994. The worry is real since Abang Johari Openg, a close friend of UMNO, is now at helm as Sarawak’s Chief Minister.

    To answer my Sarawakian friends, I would like to ask these two questions: will UMNO survive the next general election or be relegated to become the new opposition?

    Conventional wisdom assumes that UMNO is invincible and would never be defeated. After being in power for more than 60 years, it would take an overwhelming groundswell to dislodge UMNO from the seat of powers. Yet another political tsunami is not something far-fetched as we have seen it before in 2008 and 2013.

    First, since independence till the 2004 general election, UMNO ruled through an extended coalition of Alliance/Barisan Nasional, and governed with a substantial support from the non-Malays. But the comfort of buffers formed by BN component parties in Peninsula eclipsed since UMNO made a right turn – becoming more visible in its claim of Malay supremacy – in July 2005, which caused massive defeats of MCA, MIC and Gerakan in both the 2008 and 2013 general elections.

    Second, as UMNO is incapable of expanding its support base since 2013, collaborating with PAS becomes an attractive option. UMNO hopes that by colluding with PAS to divide the society into a battle between Muslims and non-Muslims, the UMNO-PAS de facto alliance would win enough seats between them to form the next government. However, as an unintended consequence, such a move further alienates non-Malay voters in the Peninsula, as well as majority of voters in Sabah and Sarawak.

    Third, while Prime Minister Najib Razak managed to command more support among Malay voters than UMNO the party in the 2013 election, he is now a burden to UMNO due to the 1MDB mega scandal and unpopular economic policies such as GST, fuel hike and cuts to basic amenities like health and education. Angry UMNO leaders and members have formed Bersatu, and the new Malay party is making inroads to areas previously inaccessible to the Opposition.

    In short, UMNO under Najib is on a narrowing path with a much smaller base than ever.

    In fact, in the 2013 general election, 60 out of 133 seats won by Barisan Nasional were won with less than 55% of votes. These are considered marginal seats. Of those seats, 16 were won with less than 50% of votes.

    For instance, there are at least 11 Barisan Nasional parliamentary seats in Johor, where I come from, that are up for grab if there is a swing in the favour of the Opposition.
    These include: (in Southern Johor) Pasir Gudang (BN’s vote share at 49.6%), Pulai (51%), Tebrau (51%), Tanjong Piai (55%) and Johor Bahru (55.7%); and (in Northern Johor) Labis (49.5%), Segamat (50.3%), Ledang (50.7%), Muar (51%), Sekijang (53.2%), and Pagoh.

    In the state of Kedah, the eight BN marginal seats include Jerai (50.2%), Kulim-Bandar Baru (51%), Pendang (51.5%), Merbok (51.9%), Baling (52.5%), Sik (52.6%), Jerlun (52.8%) and Padang Terap (54.6%). According to ground reports, the Opposition (especially with the entry of Bersatu) has made an impact in the seats of Langkawi and Kubang Pasu as well, making Kedah a major battle ground state which can tilt the balance of 10 federal seats if a swing is in the favour of the Opposition.

    Of UMNO’s 88 seats, 14 are in Sabah, 1 in Labuan, the remaining 73 are in the Peninsula. Of the 73 Peninsula seats, 30 of them are more or less “built and designed” for UMNO that it is unlikely to lose even in the worst case scenario for the party. But the remaining seats are open battle fields.

    While Pakatan Harapan-Bersatu has to be prepared to face a well-coordinated UMNO-PAS-Barisan Nasional campaign, the possibility of UMNO bocoming the new opposition, winning just 30-40 Peninsula seats, is not impossible either.

    It is in such context that the GE14 is set.

  3. Najib’s sudden championing of the Rohingya cause late last year was cynically dismissed as currying favor with the Malaysia’s majority Malay-Muslim population as opposed to standing up for an oppressed minority. The string of economic deals Malaysia inked with China in late 2015, including two tied to 1MDB were read not as a way to promote the country’s prosperity, but to bail the prime minister out. And the revival of the Pedra Branca/Batu Puteh case this month was read by skeptics as nothing more than chest-thumping to desperately secure votes, especially in Johor, rather than simply an exercise of Malaysia’s right to pursue the any outstanding legal claims it might have.

    If every deal is perceived to be merely [benefiting] Najib instead of benefiting Malaysia, that could get in the way of actual gains that the country could realize.

  4. Malays are now listening to Tun M, Umno is so worried that it is using TV3 buletin to attack Tun M every night, using the BMW issue.

  5. Malaysia has already exhibited the status of a failed State if it is not already, one. Rakyat’s belief in the integrity of the State Institutions is probably at an all time low given the shenanigans surrounding 1MDB and MO1.

    Corruption might as well be legalised in Malaysia with the way these bodies have been acting in refusing to cooperate with foreign law enforcement authorities, OSAing an independent audit report into 1MDB and refusing to inquire into the allegations by DOJ and the FBI. outrageous behavior displayed in the sacking of the highest law officer of the land and replacing senior leaders from the ruling party is further evidence of institutional failure to uphold the constitution and Rakyat’s interests.

    UMNO is in the midst of writing the playbook for protecting kleptocracy and that is by dividing the nation along religious and racial lines. Bersatu must get this message to the Malay heartlands.

    I hope there is a coverage of the “Save Malaysia” round table discussions on this blog.

  6. I doubt it. Without PAS, there’s no way PPBM / PKR / PAN could make a dent on BN, no … way!!!
    That’s why that DAP dinosaur aka Lim Kit Siang wants to cooperate with PAS again, lol!

    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/01/22/kit-siang-extends-olive-branch-to-hadi/

    We probably may be in for a surprise that BN could potentially get back their prized two third majority. Bottom line, PPBM and PAN will most likely makan telor next GE. PKR is probably going to be annihilated, the only one left standing is DAP because most Chinese still support them.

    PS: This comment will most likely get some thumbs down due to many … DAP nesting here 🙂

    • Offer to PAS only for Hadi to turn down is a good move so that PAS cannot later say Pakatan is not cooperating. The ball is now on Hadi’s court and hardcore PAS supporters will later vent their anger on him when Hadi forms a pact with Umno.

      • Hadi allegedly agreed terms with Najib when the latter visited him while he was sick in Turkey not too long ago. PAS kind of realistic so members listen to leader by all means.

  7. Mukhriz Mahathir mendakwa orang muda lebih selesa untuk menyertai Bersatu berbanding Barisan Nasional (BN).

    Untuk mensahihkan dakwaan beliau, Mukhriz mengatakan 45% ahli parti tersebut adalah berumur 40 tahun ke bawah. Sekali gus, beliau ingin menunjukkan bahawa Bersatu lebih dimonopoli oleh golongan muda.

    “Boleh saya katakan di sini bahawa Bersatu ini adalah parti orang muda kerana ramai golongan ini merasa selesa untuk bersama dengan parti ini.

    “Malahan dalam perbincangan bersama orang-orang muda ini ramai di antara mereka yang mengakui bahawa tidak pernah terlintas di fikiran untuk menyertai Umno, namun perasaan itu berbeza dengan Bersatu,” katanya.

  8. China’s Geely is buying up 51% stake inProton.
    Soon another China company could be buying up the majority stake of Felda Holdings, as Mah Siew Kiong has been promoting palm oil to the PRC consumers?

    • Anil
      It’s now time to learn Mandarin as future formal business transactions likely to be conducted in this language as well.
      Good to enrol young childen to grasp basic conversational Mandarin at least.

    • China’s Hangzhou-based car maker Geely is said to have the best chances in a bidding round for Malaysia’s flagship car brand Proton and its manufacturing plant.

      Reportedly, Geely is leading a three-bidder race for Proton, ahead of French carmakers PSA Group and Renault, all of which are keen to acquire a 51% stake in Proton’s manufacturing plant in Tanjung Malim, Perak, and enter a close technical cooperation. The net book value of the Tanjung Malim plant was about $113 million as of 2016.

      The successful bidder will get access to Proton’s assembly with an annual production capacity of 150,000 vehicles. Owning a car assembly in Malaysia also qualifies its owner to ship vehicles tax-free anywhere among the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, with a combined population of 623 million people.

  9. Felda shares tumbled 3 fold already and the settlers being not financially wise would soon be awakened by the impact of corruption to their dream investment initiated by Tun Razak but mismanaged by that greedy… gang.

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