Peninsula Pakatan seat allocations in 2013 vs 2018

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The seat breakdowns for the peninsula among Pakatan Rakyat parties in 2013 and Pakatan Harapan parties in 2018. (The 2013 figures were provided to me by a source from PKR. Let me know if any corrections.):

20132018
PKR6451
Pas65
Bersatu52
Amanah27
DAP3635
Total165165

 

Interesting breakdown. On the surface, Bersatu may have got a lot of seats for a new party, but I suspect many of those seats could be difficult-to-win Umno strongholds ie seats that Pas may have contested and lost in 2013.

But has Pakatan given a thought about how to accommodate Parti Sosialis Malaysia, which has championed many pro-people policies? Where does Sungai Siput figure in all this? Will they always be marginalised?

So what do you make of Mahathir and Wan Azizah as Pakatan’s choice for prime minister and deputy prime minister?

If you are idealistic or unable to accept that the circumstances surrounding this election warrant exceptional measures, then Mahathir, with all his baggage, would not be a suitable candidate. I can understand this view.

But if you feel that real change can only be achieved once we are able to move beyond race and religion, once Umno is dislodged from power without alarming many of its supporters, then Mahathir would be the pragmatic choice to reassure them during the transition period to a new government, ie if the BN was to lose.

In any case, it will be an uphill task for Pakatan to reach out to rural voters in the peninsula (let alone Sarawak), to deal with all the expected BN/government handouts, to overcome appeals on ethnic or religious grounds, to overcome the handicap of money politics and gerrymandering, and to convince Umno supporters that they will be better off with a cleaner, more accountable government that has the long-term interests of the country at heart.

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Pakatan also has to offer real change rather than a Coke vs Pepsi kind of choice. They have to come up with genuine pro-people policies that will capture the imagination of the people including rural voters and the youth.

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Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

Big test for whoever governs after GE14 should be massive national debts and also private households debt woes.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/31341/

No need to be over euphoric. Be prepared for stormy weather ahead.

Kiong
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Kiong

Due to excess spending, the Malaysian government’s debt under BN has grown an average 10% a year over the past 10 years to reach RM687.43 billion as at end-September 2017, from RM266.72 billion in 2007. In fact, the annual growth averaged 10.8% a year between 1997 and 2017.

A big part of the debt spiral is because operating expenditure of BN (bliated civil service) grew an average 6% a year in the past 10 years to RM219.91 billion in 2017 from RM123.1 billion in 2007 — faster than its revenue growth.

Mah HS
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Mah HS

Why the opposition has a shot at toppling the Barisan Nasional with Mahathir at the helm

With the announcement that Mahathir is the opposition’s pick for prime minister should they win the next election, UMNO can expect a credible challenge on its home turf, says the Penang Institute’s Dr Ooi Kee Beng.

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/commentary-mahathir-opposition-shot-at-topping-barisan-nasional-9841224

Mah HS
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Mah HS
Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition can only form a stable federal government — even under the best conditions — if it can win more seats in east Malaysia, according to a Politweet simulation. The simulation by the social media research firm used the Opposition’s performance during the 2013 general election as its base year and gave PH a five-point increase (an additional five per cent chance of a person voting for them), which saw them forming a government with 115 to 117 out of the 222 parliamentary seats. “In a straight fight against (ruling coalition) BN (Barisan Nasional), PH can form… Read more »
Mah HS
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Mah HS

Pakatan Harapan is still hoping that Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar will contest under their ticket in the upcoming general election.

Despite Jeyakumar’s decision to contest under the Parti Sosialis Malaysia banner, sources inside Pakatan say the coalition feels he stands a better chance of victory on a PKR ticket.

A high-ranking party insider told Malay Mail that Jeyakumar was still the best man for the job.

“The ideal situation is for Dr Jeyakumar to contest under the PKR ticket. At the moment, we would rather not contest,” the source said.

Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

Sungai Siput may be more than 3 parties standing for GE14.
The residents now should be smart to list physical infrastructure requirements (hospital, school, etc) to cater for B40.
Spiritual assistance from PSM not necessarily can alleviate high cost of livings of barang naik era.

Calvin Sankaran
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Calvin Sankaran

Let’s not suffer from the Emperor’s New Clothes syndrome. The elephant in the room is the nomination of Mahatir as the PM. This is the biggest, worst regressive step in the history of Malaysian politics. How can PH hopes voters would choose the party with this choice of it’s PM? This is a classic Machiavellian politics in action.

shriek
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shriek

With dumno supporting him and praising him and shedding crocodile tears for more than 20 years during his premiership

Hensem BitCoiner
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fact; PSM is not @pakatanharapan_ member, thus it has non relevant in your article. Please do not divert the fact.

glissantia
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glissantia

Only PSM dares to criticise Mad Hatter. He was the biggest drawback for gomen when aligned to it. Now, he is the biggest drawback for the opposition. PSM is the only party relally working for us without a covert agenda.

Kiong
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Kiong

Indian Temple in Masai, Johor demolished days before Pongal festival.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/408497

PSM should help devotees to demand answer from the Johor authority.

Ho Wan Lai
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Ho Wan Lai

Jaya or Arul can be allied to become senator later to be absorbed under PM department with portfolio as B40 Welfare Minister.

Kiong
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Kiong

PSM needs to look at the big picture and join Harapan, instead of being a spoiler especially at Sg. Siput.

Kiong
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Kiong

Is PSM waiting for invitation?
Ego must be put aside for the common goal.

engineer
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PSM is not a member of Pakatan simply because DAP doesn’t want them. They’re “icky” by DAP’s standard. Simple as that. Why? Because PSM represent disenfranchised voters, underclasses who, guess what, made up of mostly poor Indians. Why would DAP want a “poor partner” in Pakatan when this demographic of poor voters are not of immediate importance to them? Ladies and gentlemen , this is the true color of DAP. This is the true face of DAP. Capitalistic through and through, greedy… On top of that, DAP has gotten so greedy and arrogant that they [allegedly] even want to “bolot”… Read more »
shriek
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shriek

Pg opp. Leader will call it a day in coming election after 24 years as ADUN . Her proud moment is when she help 200 stall holders. This is what engineer’s party can do. 24 years of service for 200 stall holders. The rest of the years hibernation

shriek
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shriek

True colour of one use race, religion, fear politics, lagi Satu project slogan, ferry meandering, post votes and aca to haunt the opposition.

Luo Bei
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Luo Bei

BN will win by gerrymandering.