Semenyih by-election result: Serious wake-up call for PH

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So Umno has won in Semenyih but what must alarm Pakatan Harapan – and the many who voted for change last year – is the 5% drop in the share of votes it received.

My take is that of course, the race and religion rhetoric might have had some impact, including the race-based fear of losing out under a new administration. This no doubt has to be managed. You can also point at the superficial Bossku effect. But we would be limiting ourselves if we stop our analysis there.

The reality is that some don’t think they are any better off under the new government. So Pakatan Harapan had better reconsider its socio-economic policies, which have largely failed to capture the imagination of the people.

The government needs to focus on what ordinary people need the most: improved schools and hospitals, affordable homes, efficient public transport and affordable nutritious food. Full article on Aliran website

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Song
Song
4 Mar 2019 9.07am

Yesterday a political analyst on 8TV Mandarin news explained why Tun M’s Bersatu took in the Umno kataks, and plan to go Sabah to absorb more Umno kataks – in order for PH to gain 2/3 majority so that redelineation of electoral boundaries can be done to cut the gerrymandering advantage set by BN.

Roland
Roland
3 Mar 2019 3.05pm

When one in financial difficulties and in need of fast money long term policies of PH not appealing at all. Afteall many now believe in afterlife to cleanse their lust for earthy material gain however illicit.

Song
Song
4 Mar 2019 2.37pm

Umno and PAS may use a common logo in the next general election, in light of their successful cooperation in the recent Cameron Highlands and Semenyih by-elections, reports Sinar Harian.

https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/03/04/report-umno-and-pas-may-use-common-logo/#gMvZCumzH6WrOKJB.99

MCA and MIC, still no exit strategy?

Roy
Roy
5 Mar 2019 11.47am
Reply to  Song

PAS-Umno alliance will win many seats based on the current electoral boundaries. Mahathir will ensure redineation is done else PH will lose big time.

Song
Song
5 Mar 2019 11.30pm
Reply to  Roy
Black Mage
Black Mage
8 Mar 2019 7.50pm
Reply to  Roy

Wee Ka Siong confirmed MCA embraced Umno-PAS alliance to remain in BN.

Xiang Long
Xiang Long
3 Mar 2019 12.52pm

Bossku will complete his hattrick at Rembau.
Tok Mst has acknowleged the aura of Bossku.

More voters will swing to BN because PH has no concrete plan aside from abolition of death penalty. PH YBs mostly have lost ground did not turun padang to serve rakyat.

Roland
Roland
3 Mar 2019 3.06pm
Reply to  Xiang Long

Bossku cyber army put Madhaters in shame.

Song
Song
5 Mar 2019 1.51pm

A good comment forwarded to my WhatsApp: PH could only win if all the non-Malays (Chinese and Indians) went out to vote for PH. The drop in voting turnout by the Chinese (22%) and Indians (16%) in Semenyih is significant and may have caused PH to lose. The lower turnout is hardly surprising as the non-Malays felt betrayed by Pribumi Bersatu who keep playing the racial card, just like UMNO. Azmin even have the gall to stress on the ‘bumi agenda’, making it a truly racist agenda. PH must not forget that the over-whelming support from the non-Malays enable it… Read more »

Song
Song
5 Mar 2019 10.11am

A budget guide unveiled by the government today revealed that a single person needs to earn at least RM1,870 a month to “achieve a reasonable standard of living” in the Klang Valley.

https://www.thesundaily.my/local/minimum-wage-not-enough-for-those-residing-in-kl-updated-NB636348

How much is needed a month to survive in Penang?

bigjoe
bigjoe
5 Mar 2019 9.23am

The problem with PH is NOT that they need a wake up call, the problem with PH is their common goal was always just Najib which has been achieved. The manifesto and promises were just a means to an end. Anyone who did not understand it, its their own fault. Now Najib is gone, the many voters feel free to go against PH for not fufilling their fancies – so seats that they won marginally was always going to go swing away from them when Najib/Rosmah is gone. The real revelation of Semenyih voters is, how come incumbency did not… Read more »

Song
Song
7 Mar 2019 7.47am
Reply to  bigjoe

With the Umno-PAS alliance and BossKu being allowed to shape the political narrative of defending the interests of the country’s Malay-Muslim majority, PH may find itself being relegated to a one-term government as the support among Malays is swinging away.

Wei
Wei
3 Mar 2019 1.00am

it is all about race and religion , you are making a fool of yourself by thinking otherwise… look how many votes the similarly socialist minded party got?…hehe

Mah HS
Mah HS
6 Mar 2019 4.29pm
Reply to  Wei

The incestuous Umno-PAS marriage
https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/466746

Black Mage
Black Mage
8 Mar 2019 10.26am
Reply to  Wei

PAS, Umno statements on non-Muslims seditious
https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/138761

Black Mage
Black Mage
2 Mar 2019 7.37pm

BN won based on vote counting by 7pm. Bossku effect eclipsed 1MDB scandal?

Black Mage
Black Mage
2 Mar 2019 8.23pm
Reply to  Anil Netto

Because MO1 was never put on trial after so long, he is regaining his credibility. Bossku daily highlights PH shortcomings (empty promise, u-turn) on social media strike chords with insecured malays fearing losing their R&R entitlements.

tunglang
tunglang
3 Mar 2019 10.37am
Reply to  Black Mage

BossKu played on the emotional quotient of Rakyat’s cost of living hardship & unfulfilled manifesto by PH. Notwithstanding the revelations of dirts in PAS & Rm90million lies & Rm1.4million payment to Sarawak Report to settle court case.

It is now about practicalities of affordable costs of living, not the blame game which generates no money in the Rakyat’s pockets.

The next by-election (if any) will be a harder lesson for PH if it continues not to listen to the Rakyat’s voices. Take note, CM Sin Chow.

Mah HS
Mah HS
8 Mar 2019 12.20pm
Reply to  tunglang

Pakatan Government must grant non-Muslims similar protection, as it does for Islam, from attacks and insults on social media or any platform that could cause disharmony, said the country’s leading interfaith group, Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST).

gk ong
gk ong
10 Mar 2019 12.26pm
Reply to  Mah HS

Rukunegara Kepercayaan kepada Tuhan can mean any God you are praying too!

tunglang
tunglang
3 Mar 2019 7.26am

It’s all about Money. The once upon a time Cash Is King is making the rounds to secure his image of future money promises (if he gets back in the arena of politics & spin) while waiting to wear the Yellow dress of Sg. Buloh (how soon?). Knowing the many dunggus who could not differentiate a thief from an honest politician, he’s taking full advantage of PH weaknesses – failure to fulfil promises + failure to expedite corruption cases, abduction cases & murder cases. And failure to alleviate hardship of rising costs of living is the Achiles Heel which the… Read more »

Milk Tea
Milk Tea
3 Mar 2019 3.25pm
Reply to  tunglang

I pay more at McD and KFC now…last time they say…xda GST, harga mesti turun.

Yongzee
Yongzee
5 Mar 2019 1.15pm
Reply to  Milk Tea

Min wage increase affects fast food outlets that employ many workers no productivity.

Wei
Wei
6 Mar 2019 1.45pm
Reply to  Yongzee

hehe..that is karma for those who demand unrealistic minimum wages for B40…now they feel the pain