Dull public interest in Sungai Bakap by-election

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Voters in the Sungai Bakap by-election in Penang are heading for the polls tomorrow, but it has failed to capture the public interest.

It’s hardly the stuff of coffee-shop conversations here in Penang. Why? Perhaps its because it won’t change the balance of power in the state. But I suspect the real reason is that both sides have failed to articulate the People’s Agenda (structural reforms to the economy, healthcare, education and democratic change) endorsed by over 50 civil society groups.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim’s lack of genuine reforms at the federal level has disppointed many. Disillusionment with the “unity government” has crept in.

Then again, many don’t believe Perikatan Nasional can deliver meaningful change either if it wins power in the next general election.

So the voter turnout will be crucial in this by-election.

My contact, Pas insider Abdul Rahman Kasim, on the ground in Sungai Bakap now, does not exude his usual optimism about PN’s chances. He rates PN’s chances as “50:50”. Let’s see.

Whatever the result, don’t hold your breath for genuine, meaningful change – other than the usual talk about mega-projects (which the big contractors and developers are looking forward to).

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Inch
Inch
7 Jul 2024 8.08pm

The low Chinese (22% of voters) and Indian (17%) turnout was a telling factor to CM Chow’s administration, which was entrusted to deliver the non-Muslim vote. The Malay electorate (59% of voters) was handled by PKR, Umno and Amanah.

A Rakyat 8
8 Jul 2024 2.14pm
Reply to  Inch

This gives the impression that they are all raced based political parties, isn’t it ? There is nothing multi cultural, multiracial, multi religious or multicolored about them, is there?

Each must deliver their goods based on the race they belong to. Nothing has changed this past sixty years. Everything seems to be based on false talk and pretense. All of them political people, they are the same, aren’t they?

shriek
shriek
15 Jul 2024 10.22pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 8

why talk and kbkb so much. you must come out and change the system or MAS?

luca
luca
14 Jul 2024 2.09pm

Penang Silicon Island – July 2024 Progress

A Rakyat 8
9 Jul 2024 8.08pm

“CHINESE voters decided to sit out the Sungai Bakap by-election as it was not crucial to the political future of Penang.” by Ian McIntyre dd 09 Jul 2024 8:00AM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/news/102692/chinese-voters-sat-out-sungai-bakap-by-election-due-to-negligible-impact

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What ! This community can decide which election is important, then come out and vote or which election not important, then don’t come and vote ( as it was not crucial to the political future of Penang).  Got ah like this ?  

This political analyst assessment of the recent by-election, correct ah ?

A Rakyat 8
8 Jul 2024 1.55pm

” Reject corruption and abuse of power, Anwar tells NGOs, youth movements ‘
 dd 08 Jul 2024, 07:28 AM

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2024/07/08/reject-corruption-and-abuse-of-power-anwar-tells-ngos-youth-movements/

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>>>  Nothing has changed, has it ? He tells and gives advise to the Rakyat but his backyard remains the same and has not been cleaned up. It still stinks.

“Felcra subsidiaries in RM1.21 billion debt, says PAC” dd  26 Jun 2024 2:02PM

https://www.thevibes.com/articles/business/102536/felcras-subsidiaries-in-rm1.21-billion-debt-says-pac

“FELCRA Bhd’s 14 subsidiaries have racked up a total debt of RM1.21 billion, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) revealed today.”

>>>  One of many revealed.

shriek
shriek
14 Jul 2024 6.37pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 8

rakyat 8, why worry, you are not clueless and you are asking their position as it is mentioned in the highest law???

A Rakyat 8
8 Jul 2024 12.15pm

“Are the Chinese losing faith in DAP?” by Prof. Ramasamy dd 08 Jul 2024, 09:59 AM

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2024/07/08/are-the-chinese-losing-faith-in-dap/

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Ya loh, how long only can we Rakyat be patient. We were hoping and hoping, waiting and waiting and then concluded, ” Haiya, these politicians are hopless, lah. We are also tired of waiting for changes already”.  Hence the current predicament.

shriek
shriek
8 Jul 2024 7.26pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 8

how about indians, samy? History has proved that the methods and system used by BN does not work and PKR has been shouting Reformasi is only shouting and no doing. Those NM MPs in PKR are having minsterial posts and being shield. They are cartoons like Mickey

A Rakyat 8
9 Jul 2024 8.17pm
Reply to  shriek

Agree, agree. The current leadership is from that era, mah. So, naturally will apply the same of that era.

Current system is, all MPs and assembly persons must toe the party line and rules. Second comes our Nation and last comes, we Rakyat.

A Rakyat 8
7 Jul 2024 12.49pm

” Ramasamy hails PN’s Sg Bakap polls victory as “historic”; Indian no longer fall for PH’s mutton, chicken curry ”  By Prof Ramasamy Palanisamy dd 2 hours ago

https://focusmalaysia.my/ramasamy-hails-pns-sg-bakap-polls-victory-as-historic-indian-no-longer-fall-for-phs-mutton-chicken-curry/

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Prof. Ramasamy says, “Indians no longer fall for PH’s mutton, chicken curry”. Now, that’s original, elicits a good laughter (He,he). And not to forget, “the lesser of the 2 evils” slogan by PH is now in the waste bin.

shriek
shriek
6 Jul 2024 9.24pm

the NMs MPs in PKR are doing nothing even the heart doc in Gopeng. Rocket is taking all the missile fires like Boeing Starliner

A Rakyat 8
8 Jul 2024 2.24pm
Reply to  shriek

Most times rocket just keeps quiet. Missiles fly and hit rocket also still keep quiet. Rocket has now been domiciled. Rocket has now forgotten how to defend.

Politics and governing our Nation is real hard work. The politicians tend to lose weight and age faster. But not these politicians from Unity. Look at some of them. Life must be good.

shriek
shriek
15 Jul 2024 10.28pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 8

rakyat you have been firing. uncle lim has retired and you walk the other way . you just started your life at a senior age? you and dr m can team up. then you and him grows younger and stronger.

shriek
shriek
16 Jul 2024 6.24pm
Reply to  A Rakyat 8

that is why rakyat must come out and like trump show your fist in the air and we clap our hands and also raise our hands to support you. you no party, club or gang man

luca
luca
9 Jul 2024 7.29pm
Reply to  shriek

People should not be in such a hurry to demand changes that the government had promised, says Anwar Ibrahim. The Prime Minister said the people should present any problems that arise prudently so that they could be resolved.

shriek
shriek
15 Jul 2024 10.29pm
Reply to  luca

when pkr is formed, they have been shouting reformasi. after 20 years, still follow bn style?

Bluey
Bluey
6 Jul 2024 6.06pm

The current government is not by a single coalition by a unity government with many coalitions with different aspirations. So to expect it to make reform is wishful thinking. If cannot accept the reality, then continue to shiok sendiri.