One of the biggest stories last week was the announcement made by DS Anwar Ibrahim of Lim Kit Siang as the DAP candidate for Gelang Patah this coming GE13. For Chua Jui Meng, it was an extremely humiliating way to be told "you lost the fight".
Obviously PKR Johor and Chua Jui Meng had been putting a lot of their effort and resources in hammering BN in Gelang Patah. After the last 2 unsuccessful attempts, they have made substantial inroads on the ground, thanks to a dedicated team that worked relentlessly to establish PKR's presence. They were confident that they could win it in the coming GE13. But now their eight years of effort is only going to benefit Lim Kit Siang and DAP.
DAP's excuse that Gelang Patah was formerly a DAP seat is really too lame to be accepted. PKR being a much younger political entity than either of its partners, could not possibly have established a traditional base prior to its formation in 1999. It was in 2003 that PKR in its current form first formalised arrangements with its pact partners, and it was natural to assume that the agreed seats allocation of that time would be basis of developing PKR's power base, at least in Johor.
In the following years after that 2003 agreement, PKR continued to develop a number of its Johor bases, one of which is Gelang Patah. When Chua Jui Meng became the Head of PKR Johor, naturally it was assumed that Gelang Patah would be where he takes his fight. The best of Johor's PKR cadres were brought in from all over the state and Gelang Patah became the spearhead into their fight for Johor. AMK Gelang Patah was involved in almost all the major PKR programmes in the state, working hand in hand with their comrades from Pasir Gudang and Tebrau, going as far as Mersing and Pengerang with their fight.
During the recent seat allocation discussions, when Dr Boo declared that DAP will contest in Gelang Patah, Chua offered a trade off with Bakri. DAP declined, it will keep Bakri and it wanted Gelang Patah back as it was just a loan to PKR, very much similar to Jamalul Kiram's claim on Sabah. Instead, DAP offered Chua a loan of Segamat for GE13, another traditionally DAP seat. It didn't make sense to Chua as Segamat was contested by DAP in the last two general elections.
When Dr Boo called for DSAI and DS Dr Wan Azizah to come down to Johor and lead PKR, it was a message for the PKR de facto leader. Chua was hoping that DSAI will insist that Gelang Patah will be contested by PKR, but that didn't happen. DAP, or more precisely Dr Boo, had sent his message to Anwar and the message was heard and a decision was made. Betraying Chua wasn't difficult for Anwar, he has done it to better men.
Now Chua and PKR Johor will have to be wary. Segamat has always been a DAP seat too. It is just a matter of time.