Political scientist Johan Saravanamuttu sent in the following after the Teluk Intan by-election.

I think Dyana did fine but was stumped by the lack of returning voters (related to voter turnout) which was a major factor – these will mostly be younger voters.

Kian Meng has got a detailed analysis here.

The Chinese swing was very significant – 15 per cent i.e. out of town young people did not come back to vote.

Second, she didn’t really tackle local issues. But DAP has pushed the envelope further with this foray.

Of course, some of the voters in a semi-urban place like Teluk Intan may still be captive to the usual dirty tricks (the hacking of Pakatan politicians’ phones, the distribution of dubious photos, the handing out of goodies); after all, many of them still don’t have access to alternative news and views in the online media.

But the DAP/Pakatan also has to figure out why so many out-of-town voters did not feel compelled to come back and vote this time around.

Was it because nothing much was at stake in terms of parliamentary numbers, no matter who won? Maybe a by-election doesn’t hold the same level of interest as a full-fledge general election, when the excitement in the air is more palpable.

Or maybe not enough of these out-of-town voters realised the breakthrough that Dyana might have made in helping to cast off race-based politics? Certainly, it was a commendable showing for this gutsy political novice, and she will have her day another time.

Were some of the Teluk Intan voters taken up with Najib’s visit to China, just as many voters across the nation were drawn to the BN in the the 1974 general election following his father’s triumphant visit to China that year? Najib’s visit to China, I am told, received extensive coverage in the Chinese-language press.

But could there be something deeper and more troubling for Pakatan – like Teluk Intan voters living and working in Selangor/KL growing a bit more disillusioned with the problems within Pakatan (Pas’ hudud gambit, the infighting within PKR, and the Big Capital inclinations of the DAP)?

Have voters grown a bit more disenchanted with the Pakatan’s inability to come up with an alternative pro-people development model that focuses on their basic needs (as opposed to the neoliberal system that results in greater inequality) – a model that would capture the imagination of the ordinary rakyat on the ground? A model that would uphold food security, affordable housing, universal health care (instead of medical tourism) …

Some introspection and reflection might be in order to learn from the lessons of Teluk Intan.

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    • Dyana has awakened the Malays especially the students at UiTM so much so that Umno will have to do lots of damage control in the coming months at UiTM campuses. A big move by DAP to capture the hearts of young Malays, including me.

  1. Teluk Intan folks voted for development?
    Soon they will realize that development will mean losing their land that they have been living on as squatters! Also high price of housing.
    I leave it to tunglang and Yang to elaborate the ills of development that they could not stomach in Penang island.

    • Ha ha. The ball is now on the courts of tungalng and Yang to response to this interesting issue on development. Maybe they could advise the Teluk Intan folks their experience in Penang?

  2. I agree with the analysis that Dyana lost because lots of young folks did not return to vote. Right after PR’s Bukit Gelugor massive victory, and the big ceramah with 10000 audience, people got overconfident. And so the young folks did not go back to vote.

  3. Bowen, you forgot to mention a crematorium and wedding hall to the local Indian community if BN wins the seat.

    There could have been another by-election if EC have decided to act on Zahid’s violation during the Teluk Intan by-election:

    “We are seeing an admission that Zahid violated Section 5 of the Act. It means that he could be imprisoned up to one year and RM3,000 and if convicted can even trigger a by-election in Bagan Datoh,” said former Bersih committee member Wong Chin Huat.

    But we know that would never happened in this Bolihland! It’s sickening to see that EC closed its eyes to such blatant violation of election laws!

    Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/budget/news/show/teluk-intan-bn-leaders-violated-election-laws-says-bersih-36710?cp

    A hollow victory for Mah and a victorious defeat for Dyana. I hope more Malaysians like her would stand up and speak against what ills Malaysia! Young Malaysians out there, our country’s fate is in your hands, please bring us back to the time when we were ALL Malaysians!

    This thin majority win by Mah has convinced me that EVERY vote counts. And I’m determined to fly back again to vote comes the next GE!

  4. There is a group of Chinese younger/new pakatan rakyat representatives promoting American dictated democracy, in Malaysia and some even wanted it to be planted all over Asia, I personally felt it is a dangerous trend and it offended me. We don’t want these stooges spoiling our struggle for real democracy. Their act is offending more and more Chinese voters who are better informed than these stooges.

    • Could you elaborate, what do you see as the main differences between real democracy and “American dictated democracy”?

      • There is no such thing as real democracy. Thailand has Royalist controlled democracy just like American White dictated democracy. How can there be real democracy when you won even though you have a majority of 1 or slightly more than 50% vote. In such case the 2 candidates must be represented in Parliament but with only half voting power and half salary.

  5. It is amusing to read some of the comments here, including Anil’s own conclussions. Sitting in their comfy armchair and reading the syiok-sendiri analysis by pro-Pakatan alternative media, many commentators are blissfully ignorant of the reality on the ground. The slick marketing of Dyana and the carefully orchestrated ceramahs by PR only served to add to this delusion.

    How on the earth that Dyana is even considered as a credible candidate is beyond me. Anyone watching her in media conference and ceramahs would have immediately spotted that she was merely mouthing the scripts handed out by her minders in DAP. She was unable to answer most questions put forward by reporters and only mouthing the same old DAP party line on meritocracy, bangsa malaysia, anti corruption, etc endlessly. Toward the end she broke down and could’t even speak when her lies caught up with her.

    The voters are no fools. Anil obviously completely missed the elephant in the room – her Perkasa links. She was caught lying many times and she stumbled badly. How can a non Malay voter take her seriously when she and her mum had such close links to Perkasa and suddenly switched to DAP – the other extreme ! This is like Ibrahim Ali joining DAP as one of the VP.

    For many of DAP supporters the sight of a Malay candidate denouncing the NEP and other affirmative policies such as UiTM is enough to fall head over heels. It doesn’t matter if she has never had any leadership position or done anything that qualifies her on merit.

    The other big elephant that most of you are trying to hide is the way Lim and Lim bulldozed their way to parachute Dyana over more capable candidates with better track record. Where’s the meritocracy here ? Despite DAP’s claims, Dyana’s only qualification is her ethnicity.

    • Be careful with politicians that never stumbled as he/she could be too experience to twist and turn facts to fool the rakyat.

      We could trust the innocence of Dyana, despite her lack of experience.

    • Experienced politicians are more likely to bluff his way to convince you!
      We have seen many examples of BN leaders doing this in Teluk Intan.

  6. In the 2013 PRU13, the turn out rate was 80.6 % whereas it was 70 % in 2008 General Election. Factors that could have contributed to lower turn out from outstation voters in this by-election are:
    1.The ubah factor was missing in a by election
    2.Some voters believed or were misled to believe that DAP was sure to win without their votes
    3.Some voters have become disillusioned by politics in general or Opposition politics. If so, why?
    4.Some voters have planned their overseas holidays earlier as the polling day fell during school holidays.

  7. Well look at carefully DAP does not live in fresh air and sunshine. It needs some money to run its machinery. However DAP should take into consideration and should be prudent taxing the people. Lim Guan Eng has done quite well but there is also room for improvement. There should consider setting cheap mobile medical care especially in the rural areas and also how to take care of ones health. How to take care of heart, kidneys, eyes etc. Short video clips in the mobile van will educate the public. The DAP medical van will provide some exposure. I am sure some doctors on voluntary basis with shifts will be helpful. This is one way to show concerns of the DAP. Get some rich millionaire to assist in buying the medicine for simple care. A lot of people are dying or bedridden simply because of ignorance. Serious sickness can then be referred to the Government Hospitals. In this way PAKATAN will be a caring party.

    Although Sofya was brilliant move and also strategy to make DAP multiracial and I commend Lim Kit Siang for his extraordinary strategy. Dyana Sofya has lost but was blessing in disguise in building a new generation for Malaysia Baru.

    However, I have a feeling if Manoharan was picked to contest Teluk Intan he would have won by about 1000 votes. Taking into consideration the Chinese votes remains the same or would be marginal increase, the Indian votes would have increased by 500 votes, and the Malays may inreased marginally as he was a home grown candidate known to the Malays, Chinese and Indians.. I am happy that Manoharan did not make any noise although it was very unfair to him. Some of the Indians would have voted for Manoharan and I am confident at least 500 voters would have voted for him. I am sure Manoharan would have won more of the chinese votes, some of the Malay votes and more of the Indian votes. All in all there is a mathematical propability that DAP would have won and Mah would have been sent to the grazing ground.

    Well we do not have to cry over split milk. It is difficult for the opposition party to win any election because of the unfair tactics and threats. At best the opposition will remain a very effective opposition party. The mindset of those 40 years and above and have go off and that will be another 40 years where they will be not around to vote. Anyway God help Malaysia.

  8. The BSM bibles seizure by JAIS was handled very badly by MB Khalid. Water issue is a debatable – I personally think MB Khalid did fine though some disagree, and some of those who did not return to vote may have been in the latter group.

    Aside from water, the bibles and hudud, there is what Anil pointed out – PKR infighting, and DAP’s Big Capital inclinations (so evident in Penang and the land reclamation projects for instance). Look also at KIDEX, and how MB Khalid is acting more like how an UMNO-BN would have acted.

    It is very worrying that Pakatan has shown such disunity and arrogance, and seems to have taken the rakyat for granted, thinking that those who had voted for it in 2008 abd 2013 will never vote for UMNO-BN.

    I have seen personally how some of the Pakatan politicians demonstrated such shocking behaviour. Even some of their aides acted like Little Napoleans complete with swaggering, lies and double-talk just like what BN folks are hammered for.

    Perhaps some of the outstation voters who did not return did have GOOD reasons – they may have been disillusioned with Pakatan, and to return may have left them with only one option – to spoil their votes in protest.

    There were 550 spoilt votes (cf 238 majority) – how many were signs of protest?

    The Chinese votes for DAP also dropped by 15%, while the Indian votes dropped 10%. Any due to disillusionment?

    I would reword Anil’s conclusion into “Deep introspection and serious reflection is definately mandatory in order to learn from the lessons of Teluk Intan”.

    Pakatan needs to pay attention to its own failings, otherwise Putrajaya is nothing but a dream.

  9. “after all, many of them still don’t have access to alternative news and views in the online media”

    I find that comment a bit disturbing and untrue considering the fact that almost everywhere in Teluk Intan is connected either via wired or wireless broadband services. Teluk Intan is not that backwater of place. Trust me, I am from the place.

    Furthermore, why is it the fault of the Teluk Intan’s voters rather than probably the mistakes by the DAP leadership in fielding Dyana?

    While I was initially intrigued by her choice, I was later honestly dismayed by her performance; she seemed to lack charisma and unable to articulate her views clearly. As a layman, I don’t have the confident to say if she does have the leadership acumen needed to lead the constituent.

    Also comments by pundits lauding DAP’s so called visionary move by fielding a Malay candidate in a Chinese-heavy constituency. BN has been doing such “visionary” move for many years AFAIK

    • What I meant is that many of the older generation have less access to alternative news, and in places thay are less urban than KL and Penang, the proportion of the older folk without such access could be higher.

    • BN has been doing such “visionary” move for many years?

      Yes, the vision of Umno is very clear, get MCA, Gerakan and MIC candidates to be (servile) to the ketuanan melayu.

      • Yes, MCA, MIC and Gerakan are all turut perintah Umno – in order to get the contracts(?) They dare not ask Umno on its position on Hudud.

  10. There too many Solomon’s Progeny out there with the power of clairvoyance. If its hudud, you Pakatan infighting, then DAP would not have done that well in Bukit Gelugor. I would say the main reason is the failure of the immature young voters to read into the significance of a DAP win. But the win or lose does not make a summer. Fact, this a by-election and also a buy-buy-election. Remember, DAP had to fight not only BN but also the colluding EC. I reckon there (could have been) padding of the last three ballot boxes brought for counting. A planned move since DAP was leading all the way.

    • Here we go again, another blame on EC and paddling of boxes.
      Are all the DAP & PR supporter sleeping

      • If PR does not blame then Umno blame non bumis for ingrates, unfaithful, they make money out of others, the government knows who they are voting, she is a traitor to her community.

  11. We must also ask what has Mah done right. Mah outsmarted most of the Chinese voters by distancing himself from Umno that carried out the ‘dirty deeds’ during the campaign. Mah only appeared hand-in-hand with Shahrizat and Tengku Adnan after the announcement of his slim victory.

    Notice also Wee KS of MCA only came out to claim credit after the results, talking of how MCA helped to swing 15% of Chinese votes.

    • But when mah is doing his job as a minister, bet umno will remind him how he landed in this position. W/o the Malay umno postal votes, mah will be.nothing. Mah has to be obedient … to his master.

  12. Bravo! With his victory, MSK can now take his fight against the Hudud to the Parliament or even the cabinet level, should he be appointed as a minister as promised. He can now speak his mind on the Hudud issue with greater confidence and vigour given that he has the peoples’ support behind him.

  13. Has DAP assisted Dyana enough to win the seat???
    It is not just from the tactical strategy of putting a Malay in a Chinese seat..it is not just arranging many
    and huge ceramahs for many other pakatan speakers…public comment is Dyana’s manisfesto was weak,
    the speech she give is too brief and harping on same issue, has Dap strategists assisted her in these areas so that she can be presented as a more experienced speaker and cover a larger domain
    DAP has to think deeper on these aspects…

    • Yes, i thought her manifesto was not very strong and didn’t deal enough with the real problems affecting the people.

      • One would also argue that Dyana’s manifesto is quite simple: reject Politik Perkauman.

        This is a simple seed planted in Teluk Intan, it should flourish in a few years time, eventually be used to great advantage by Pakatan in PRU14. By then possibly more young malay professionals will come up to campaign for Pakatan and DAP.

      • The door may be temporarily shut for Dyana at Teluk Intan, but many windows are open elsewhere for people to realise that we should reject racial politics of BN.

  14. LKS said if only 400 voters come back, they will win. excuses.
    You don`t need 400 LKS. You only need 120 and a half to come back and win by 1 vote which Hadi said it is a win anyway.

  15. Democracy triumphed, if all went as it ought to be in any election, i’d like to feel a sense of optimism and hope that Diyana brought forth.which is that , the GEN-Y of today across ethnicities, but especially from the one community that has been taken for granted for so long, psyches enslaved by institutionalised indoctrination, , have wised up,and like Diyana , from relatively unknown persona , can find a voice loud enough to defy the arrogant kleptomaniacs,
    Diyana inadvertently became an iconic representation of the youthful energy that if harnessed collectively, can sweep away what meek resistance the establishment can muster.
    So winning or losing the election, well ,victory would have been sweeter,, still thats democracy , but did something more significant happen here? like a vehicle going downhill ,something started stirring in the psyche of many with a sudden awakened realisation,, that they are not meek and powerless.,albeit low keyed for now, still momentum picks up and propels itself., , Only time will tell..
    Undisputably, the message from this by election is that, GEN-Y.rules tomorrow’s state of affairs.,UMNO/BN is stuck in a time warp, in a state of stubborn denial, that it is decaying , rotting away from within.. DAP is trying to evolve into a more neutral platform, moving away from the ethnocentric badge they have seen labelled with for so long.

  16. I have disagree with you on this bro anill. Things that have gone up in Penang i.e. Housing,goods(different price for different race),spare parts for vehicle(mainland offer much cheaper price for same item,if parts price increased by government,why the significant difference in Penang only,where else same item cost cheaper in mainland,due to high living standard in island, don’t think so.Who increased it.Like awang ali said,Penang can;t offer high pay job)hawker foods(BN increased oil price,not for 1 plate of char koey teow.I paid RM6 for it after Chinese new year at Relau,not against fellow Chinese friends but it’s true)indians restaurant and mamak restaurant reduced portion size with price increased.After this I Penangities have to realize that no one will benefit from this.

    • Tables and chairs by the hawkers are actually not allowed to be placed by the roadside, side walks and open space but the MPPP and enforcement during the BN Gerakan period usually closed one eye and let these poor fellow cari makan. Today its different. What Awang said is true. The DAP government is money face. They (allegedly) charge the hawkers for the number of tables place on sidewalk, open space and road sides which is why hawkers need to charge more for their food.

  17. This Ong Kian Meng is really talking crap. Read this;

    ““In this earlier statement, I outlined two possible scenarios – one more positive, one more scenario – under which DAP would win or lose this seat. Unfortunately, the more negative scenario came to pass.“““`

    I can also give you an analysis. You want it. There are 2 possible scenarios. Its either BN win or DAP lose or another twist and crap from Dyana DAP & Anwar. “`I am not against hudud but I am against hudud implementation.““

    What is all these talking nonsense. Excuse, excuse, excuse and lots of twist and turn …

  18. Najib and his UMNO-dominated BN were at its ugliest, with various government agencies doing their compliant kow-tow best to close one eye, or maybe both.

    But still, these are the 3 highest points in my mind:

    Pakatan needs to speak with one voice. PAS took the hudud bait that BN poked at it some weeks ago, and despite the pre-existing agreement not to raise such issues, has not stopped pushing and pushing for hudud in Kelantan. Further fanned by some within its ranks into hudud for ALL, with some of its folks going as far as to wave “Hudud for All” posters at the May 1st anti-GST rally. Bukit Gelugor was too firmly in Pakatan hands, but significant votes were lost in Teluk Intan. (And going forward, if PAS persists…)

    Khalid Samad touched on this today: “Many had not experienced how Umno treated the Opposition when Umno was strong.” and “”Some of our young members want to take shortcuts (to implement hudud with Umno support) because they think Umno is not as bad as my generation makes it out to be”.

    Source:
    The rise of Pakatan’s third-liners
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/mobile/malaysia/article/the-rise-of-pakatans-third-liners

    It was a valiant gamble to field Dyana in a contest with the 42% Chinese bloc being the biggest, all the more against a Chinese Gerakan president whose grandfather was a respected pillar of the local community. Apparently a significant number of the older Chinese voted with their personal business welfare in mind. Dyana was also tarred by political opponents as being a traitor to both race and religion, with fake photos of her supposedly in a bikini, of her drinking beer and such circulated. It is to her credit, and also to the credit of her supporting political machinery and the broader minded electorate, that she garnered so many votes. DAP quoted a 10% Chinese voter loss because Dyana is a Malay; I hope those in such a 10% can answer to their conscience when UMNO-dominated BN heaps even more of their corrupt and despotic nonsense on the poor rakyat.

    Topmost on my mind is the low turnout. Even when DAP arranged for 15 buses to ferry voters from the Klang vally for a nominal RM10 return fare, I think only a few buses actually were used. The first bus to arrive in Teluk Intan had only 10 passengers, and some of them may have been BN voters since the offer was open to all. Mah is on record as being afraid of returning outstation voters on the premise (rightly so!) that they tend to vote Pakatan. But how many returned? To those who did not, I hope they can live with their decision, especially if it was due to apathy or some other stupid reason.Who else on the Teluk Intan electoral roll did not vote?

    With 67% turnout, as Ong Kian Ming had warned, Dyana lost by 238 votes. If Pakatan supporters did not vote and had no valid reasons for that, they deserve the largest portion of the blame for the loss; they have let Dyana, the coalition parties and the nation down. Were there 238 or more of these? I hope they can live with themselves.

    • The poor handling of water crisis and bible seizure issue by PKR-led government in Selangor has reduced the confidence of Teluk Intan folks towards Pakatan?

      • Umno us trying to undermine, sabotage the state government. I just what langat 2 has to do. Langat 2 is water treatment plant but the dams are dry … What can water treatment does its job if the dams are dry?

  19. Gerakan promised a lot in this by-election to the Teluk Intan folks, if the janji is not tepati in the next one year, BN will suffer the backlash from that 10% who is giving them a 2nd chance.

    Teluk Intan is a semi-rural constituency where young and educated are mostly working in outstations. The 10% is hoping that the BN development could stem such outflow to contain the young ones in their arms. The older folks failed to realise thst voting for BN has actually dim the future of the young generation.

    • Mah is counting on ‘rakyat Judah lupa’.
      Anyway, many Teluk Intan residents are going after Gerakan for post by election goodies. Mah is nowhere to be seen now.

  20. I have nothing but praise for Dyana. She fought a good race. She was brave, courageous and outstanding . Given the chance she will be a great MP in the future.What can I say about the voters in Teluk Intan. They could not see the bigger picture and settled for the present moment what they could get out of it. Also the greatest fear among the Chinese is hudud. They felt betrayed by PAS after voting for them in the last GE13. All these needs to be addressed before the coming GE14 election. Anyway, Dyana, don’t give up. Keep going. Do take up Mandarin. You will be able to reach out better to a bigger crowd.

    • I agree it is not Dyana’s fault. She did well but DAP in general needs to buck up. Teluk Intan is a small town with a lot of rural areas. Why are you campaigning on national issues like GST, TPPA, transparency that 90% of folks there won’t understand. The party was the one who let her down by sticking to their usual strategy which is out of touch with rural folks. Rural folks want to know how these national issues that DAP talks about will affect their lives directly. They want to know how much better their lives will be without corruption. In order for them to know that, PR needs to use Penang and Selangor as model states.

      The Selangor MB claims to save billions of ringgit every year, if that is so, how has he improved the lives of the rakyat. Are there better public amenities for recreation and work? Are there more parks and green spaces? Are there better roads? Is Selangor more pedestrian friendly since many of the poor rely on public transport and on walking? I think we honestly know the answer to all that is a big NO. So where has all that money saved from anti-corruption and transparency gone to? Instead, they are in cahoots with big corporations to build highways against the people’s interests, the roads in Selangor are in bad shape and even rubbish is not being collected. In pg, the hills are being cut at an alarming rate to build houses only 1% of ppl can afford, they are reclaiming land when they can’t even look after the land they already have. At that rate, how to convince rural folks to vote for PR or DAP? Will rural folks be using tunnels and highways with heavy tolls? If I was dyana I wouldn’t even dare contest under a PR banner.

      So DAP need not fight with PAS about hudud and whatnot and PKR need not fight about who should be MB because honestly, ppl don’t care. All they have to do is make Selangor and Penang model states. States which are liveable, green and friendly towards the poor. Show ppl that you can do much better than BN, not be the same or in some cases worse than BN. That is all people ask for. If you can’t do that for the ppl who voted for u so overwhemingly, why should they buy a bus ticket and travel 300km to vote for u again so that you can boast about your win and then ignore their grouses just like what you are doing with that Kidex highway in Sgor and Bkt Relau (and many other bukits) in Pg. Please learn from your mistakes.

  21. Build the tunnel, and that is the end of Pakatan Rakyat in Penang.

    It is a good lesson for the DAP, though I feel sad for Dyana.

    I think the arrogance in Penang has to stop. The many forms of taxes imposed on the Rakyat on property developments will soon make Penangnites angry.

    When you talk of money, I think DAP is greedier than Barisan Nasional. BN can make monies through their many ways to “buat duit”. But, DAP will only go after Penangnites. Just think of those DAP folks salivating at the sight of ringgits.

    In Singapore, PAP is known as Pay And Pay, in Penang DAP is known as Die Also Pay. Unlike Singapore, Penang is just a state whereas Singapore and Hong Kong are countries. Whatever Penang does, it has got to have the approval of the Federal Government. Penang has its limitations.

    Penang cannot provide high paying jobs in numbers but it is taxing the people so bad.

    Think about it folks. Teluk Intan has opened up our eyes.

    • To be fair, the council assessment in Penang hasn’t changed since 2008 and the water tariffs remain the cheapest in the country. Though parking hours have been extended.

      Housing prices – that’s where it is hurting working class house-hunters.

      • Anil ; I give one example first. Do you know that you must pay to MPPP for the signboard that you have hung on top of your shop house whether its landed properties or in the complex. It will cost at least RM500 after applying all the due process for approval and fee.

      • True, I see better things when I’m back in Penang as many inefficiencies of the previous govt has been tackled. As again, the city council needs to be cleared of deadbeats and real councilors who want to serve Penang, not some political appointee.

        Everyone needs to pay assessments and council taxes on time and many do not, how is a council to run most of the road cleaning, garbage collection, water supply if some residents opt not to pay as the previous govt did not bother because it had Fed funds? Parking on the road is still cheapest and many can afford cars but complain of the 60 sen ticket. Penny wise, pound….

        PR has too many infighting but when threatened, they will re-group into a formidable force while BN’s component groups are still boot lickin’ you-know-who. Just that mainstream media are still highlighting problems in PR and none of the other party.

      • Prior to 2008, you do not have to pay for banners and streamer to be hung. Now you need to pay quite a substantial sum

    • Anil may want to have a section keeping the scorecard of Gerakan accomplishment against the promises beyween now and the next GE.

      If Mah can deliver all the promises without any lame excuses, then I will give my vote to BN.

      The promises are:
      Teluk Intan University, super highway, high speed broadband, Unesco recognition, no hudud, more job creation to stem outflow of young people….

      Maybe Teluk Intan folks should demand update on such scorecard from Mah?

      • The rich in hong kong do not live along the cost. They live in villas up in the hill for feng shui. Along thr coast are the commercial, business, tourist centre and working class and tourists for malaysians to see. If Macau not only reclam the seas but the build. If they do not build, where will they be? Living in trees?

      • Mah: “During my tenure as Teluk Intan member of parliament from 1999 to 2008, I managed to found a community college to help youths receive proper education. It is now wish to help introduce a university for our children”

        He should have asked Umno to allow non-malays to enter UiTM, right?

    • I am going to love you more and more. “`When you talk of money, I think DAP is greedier than Barisan Nasional““ Absolutely 101 % right. Money money money is what it means to the CAT and DAP. 72k = 200k will finish of the eldest small CAT. You can be sure of that unless he move away from Datuk Keramat. This seat is one of the most vulnerable. It is equally as multiracial as Teluk Intan.

      • Yang, you please go away, I told you before, I am NOT gay! You do not have to love me.

        Have you contributed to the maintenance of this blog? I will match you ringgit for ringgit for using so much of this space.

        What say you? Don’t love me, go for Shyful…

      • Greedy? How so? You want to be bn federal government to treat municipal anf state givernment servants .. paying peanuts and no 13th month pay?

    • Political parties voted to dizzying power but need lots of money to showcase their superficial brick+mortar development portfolio of global bing chui standards (in the shortest possible time) will inevitably croon to those with money i.e. developers, tycoons, richie investors, etc.

      DAP (not PKR) which didn’t have huge financial backing & clout (prior to 308) but a poor but proud men’s party would gladly take the fast-buck route to support its newly aspired endeavours. What better ways to showcase a different Cosmopolitan Penang as a cat-walk model with high end properties, 3-lane one-way roads, shopping malls, theme parks, slippery food courts, bungalows on botak-ed hills aka balding Hong Kong, reclaimed coastline exclusively reserved for the rich & wealthy, & unmistakably but inevitably, a bing chui population replacing the boh bing chui Penangites. This dream of material wealth + high GDP could only be realised by tangoing with rich developers tuned to the fancy moves of those with got-money-I-talk-you-listen. So we wonder how come the Local Plan is as elusive as finding MH370. The tango continues according to the unwritten terms & conditions of politic+corporate guanxi mixed with TsingTao red wines (one ignorant just interpreted it as corruption in the eyes of MACC).

      The social-caring aspect of election manifesto soon morphed from big ears+caring hearts to arrogance+I-sue-you antics (learnt from corporate bullies?). All talks of “listening to the Rakyat” are now perceived by the people’s iris as snake oil salesmen karaoke-ing by the roadside of Goh Pha Teng circus of the 60s. People, Nature & Election Promises carved in hot ceramah air are taken for a ride ala Speedy Gonzales Fridge Train of Darth Vader Penang Hill. If not for UNESCO Heritage status, old world charm George Town would by now have been vulgarized into another Macau with 50+storey ‘joss sticks’ lifestyle condos for richie residents thankfully worshipping the Cosmo-Cat Deity facing Komtar Tower.

      The heart beats of ordinary Penangites are nothing but a nuisance of ringing in the ears to that CAT in the sky – so near, yet so far up in the surreal sky of Cosmopolitan Frenzies of Komtar Tower. Penang lang are now as alien as the Banglas & Vientianese speaking a different language to the small cat ears of Coast-Mud-Politan Deity. What better ways to rid of these alien nuisance to CAT Cosmopolitan Dream than to make Penang An Unaffordable, Unpalatable Place to Live, Work & Realise Dreams for the ordinary Penang lang (a form of social bing chui engineering).

      No Money, No Talk, No Nothing – a snub in the face for vote-trusting an alley cat.
      (What a cat-to-a-tiger difference from Karpal Singh’s consistent socialist principles)

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