Monday, 29 April 2013

Different Message to Different Audience

Work is taking over my life nowadays, and I hardly get time to roam about doing my own thing.   Tonight is another long night, doing unglamorous behind the scenes work that take up days of preparation but hardly get a mention.  Some nights I get so tired I hardly have the energy to do anything much before dropping into bed.  But what to do, someone has to do it, I guess, and it's not that I like to be in the limelight anyways.

The BN campaigning in Gelang Patah is simply so low-key that it is almost similar to my job.  Apparently that is the style of campaigning Dato Ghani is most comfortable with, direct face to face with the constituents, without the glam, without the coterie of supporters, without too many attending media.  That was his way when campaigning in Tenang, and that seems to be also his way of campaigning in Gelang Patah.  I was told the PM was down in Pekan Nenas this morning, but I haven't had time yet to look that up.  I will do so later in the evening when I have time to take a break.

What caught my eye was this posting at Bee Kim, (which is also available at NST) and this one at Unspinners.  I am not surprised at the "I am the victim" act by Lim Kit Siang because I have seen on TV how his son played the "victim" melodrama, Guan Eng must have learnt that from somebody.  And I also read about Lim Kit Siang's tears when he moaned about the ROS persecution against DAP, of course at the behest of Umno/BN.  Therefore, any more melodrama by this father and son act no longer surprise me.

Just now I received a text message from a friend who is part of the Chinese community in Taman Ungku Tun Aminah.  In his message he said, "Kelemahan DAP, di kawasan Cina cakap lain, di kawasan Melayu cakap lain."  You see, if that message was sent to me, that message must have been sent to other Malays too by concerned Chinese.

I will just have to make the time to have a long conversation with my friend to find out in detail what he meant by this since I don't understand Chinese, I wouldn't know what was being said in Chinese areas.  I'll write about it when I can wheedle that information out of him, insya Allah.

PS:  Do watch this video at Stop The Lies.
PPS: Do read this too.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Exclusively Yours

I was at Unspinners just now and their latest posting "Kit Siang guna UGUTAN terhadap pengundi Cina yang tak undinya" was rather alarming, because now we really see this line of campaigning being used in Johor.  I haven't received text messages of this kind myself, probably because I am not Chinese, but I find the tone is no different from the intimidating comments I have been getting in this blog.

I knew that plenty of this kind of provocation have been circulating for years, but this is the first time this tactic is blatantly and directly being used to intimidate voters in Johor.  I know for a fact that among the Chinese in Gelang Patah, they are not even supposed to mention the word "BN" in public places, let alone voice any kind of discussion with regards to the merits of BN.  I guess now I understand the reluctance of those uncles to talk about BN these couple of days, they probably have been receiving all kinds of threats on a regular basis lately.

Poor Jason Teoh, he is now being labeled as a traitor to his race simply for supporting the ideals of accommodating relations within BN component parties and making way for Dato Ghani to prove that Johor Chinese are tolerant and not race-biased.  For years Umno Malays in Tebrau, Segamat, Simpang Renggam, Ayer Hitam and Tanjong Piai have been working on the ground to ensure victory of BN's non-Malay, non-Umno candidates.

Now that the Chinese in Gelang Patah are subjected to this kind of politics of race and hatred, we will see whether they will reciprocate the tolerance and acceptance that Malays in Tebrau, Segamat, Simpang Renggam, Ayer Hitam and Tanjong Piai had accorded the various non-Malay candidates they have supported all these while.

And the outcome will tell us whether we can rise above the dirt of ethnic politics and communal hatred being sown by self-serving politicians who have not shown any significant contribution to nation-building.  Or else, we can continue on the path towards ever increasing polarisation and segregation that will only nurture inter-ethnic distrust and bigotry.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Battleground: South

Southern Johor is a region that is now better known as Iskandar Malaysia.  Within this growth region there are 6 parliamentary seats namely Tebrau, Pasir Gudang, Johor Bahru, Pulai, Gelang Patah and Kulai.

So what is the political situation here?  In one word ... HOT.

I find it interesting that Tebrau and Pasir Gudang have gone under the radar of most political commentators and analysts.  These two seats are, in addition to Gelang Patah, the focus of PKR attack in Johor for the past few years.  Admittedly that both are mixed seats with almost identical ethnic composition, comprising of about 47% Malays, 38% Chinese and the rest Indians and Others.

In Tebrau, the Puteri Wangsa seat would be an interesting watch.  We are seeing a three-cornered fight  between BN, PAS and an Independent.  For Tiram, I think that the hardworking and accessible Maulizan Bujang should be able to retain this seat for BN.  Choong of PKR has been working hard in this area since 2008, so Khoo will have his work cut out for him, but I believe that for the moment, the advantage is still with BN.  My assessment: advantage to BN in all three seats.

PKR has also been hammering Pasir Gudang, a mixed seat similar in ethnic composition.  Choong and his boys have been doing the rounds not only to garner support from the Chinese constituents but he also has a team of Malay aides to touch base with the Malay constituents.  One of the local PKR boys would have had a better chance here in Pasir Gudang, but unfortunately PKR and DAP have a similar centrally-controlled strategy that see locals being sidelined to make way for faces unfamiliar with the ways of Johor.

If you think Normala is easy meat in Pasir Gudang because she's new, think again.  She is the Pasir Gudang Umno Division Ketua Wanita, the most hardworking Umno wing on the ground, and I am sure Wanita Pasir Gudang will campaign hard to support her victory here.  My assessment: advantage to BN in all three seats.

As for Johor Bahru and Tanjong Puteri, I doubt that PKR has a chance in either the parliamentary or state seat.  You are talking about going against Shahrir Samad, someone totally synonymous with Johor Bahru that it is almost unthinkable that anyone can beat him here.  And Adam Sumiru is no pushover either.  BN's weak link here is Stulang, although in 2008 BN managed to garner 55% of the popular votes here.  I do think, however, that the Shahrir Samad factor will be the one PKR/PAS/DAP have to overcome here.  My assessment: advantage to BN in all three seats.

As I predicted earlier, if Salahuddin Ayub were to contest in Johor, the only place he would do so would be in Pulai, and so he did.  This is the home turf of Nur Jazlan Mohamed and I doubt that Salahuddin can dislodge him here.  The "semangat BN" abounds in Pulai last night as I took a detour through Pulai on my way  home from work.  My assessment: advantage to BN in all three seats.

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Musings: Terror On The Streets

I have refrained from writing about it because I'd rather write about something closer to home, but after watching the news just now, I just had to express my thoughts.

Stories of physical intimidation, campaigning with weapons, intimidation using explosives, arson and general sabotage seems to abound - we are seriously heading towards a dangerous situation.

I thought we were only going to be faced with cyber bullies - the worst thing to happen would be getting your blog hacked, or something like what happened to a number of bloggers these past few days, not that that wasn't awful, but you know what I mean.  What I find scary is that now we are getting into real life physical intimidation and violence that can cause people real physical hurt.

I never imagined this could happen in our country, but when I recall the ever increasing violence of the Pakatan-associated Bersih series, I really shouldn't be that naive not to expect similar elements to take advantage of creating public unrest at a time when large numbers of people gather during campaigning and voting.  There have been many discussions of such possibilities including in blogs and online news portal.

A couple of days ago I read, belatedly, that a Malaysian Spring was launched by Nurul Izzah last week, which, according to Malaysia Chronicle, how  "Classy Nurul" hits back at Raja Nong Chik.  I don't know what that was about and how successful it has been thus far because I haven't seen it anywhere here where I live, but the following is an excerpt of the Malaysia Chronicle article that I googled yesterday.

"Several Bangsar residents whom The Malaysian Insider spoke to called Nurul Izzah an “approachable” politician, while some — who were not even living in Bangsar — said they chose to volunteer for the “Malaysian Spring” campaign to end corruption and government abuse of power."

This story was also carried by the Asian News Channel.

Strange that the term "Malaysian Spring" was chosen as that only brings to mind the destructive Arab Spring of North African and middle-eastern countries that have resulted in vicious cycles of never-ending violence, bringing nothing to those people other than sufferings and misery.

It was supposedly about planting "flowers", which in reality are just flags in PKR colours of turquoise, red and white, at public places and open spaces, organised by the "non-partisan" Ng Seksan.  I don't know how that equates to the season Spring, as no real flowers are involved, unless it is another inference to the Arab Spring.

Maybe it is just me, but I find it very difficult to dissociate the so called Malaysian Spring with the violent forms of campaigning that is now plaguing us.  The first time Malaysian Spring was mentioned was by Anwar Ibrahim in 2011, while the Bangsar initiated Malaysian Spring was launched by his daughter Nurul last week.  And Malaysian Spring was also mentioned here, with such hope that it is almost scary.

Flowers/flags in Bangsar, maybe, but there are bombs, machetes, Molotov cocktails, arson and physical violence elsewhere.  It gives me the creeps to think what may be possible in the aftermath of GE13.  I guess it is more hard work for our guys in blue, and I suspect they have their work cut out for them as we get nearer to D-Day and maintaining peace throughout and afterwards.  Thank you guys, for doing your best to keep us safe.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Reverse Racism

I seriously think that people who call others racists are themselves worse racists because they can't see beyond the race issue.  Case in point, is this NST article by Bee Kim and Suganthi, which I picked up from Bee Kim's place that exemplifies perfectly my view.

With the 18 years of Ghani's track record in Johor as Mentri Besar, the best they can come up with is

"because he is an Umno member and a “racist at heart”, said DAP vice-chairman M. Kulasegaran at a ceramah comprising mainly Indian voters in Taman Kluang Barat on Monday night."

I don't know about elsewhere, but apparently, the DAP line of campaigning is all about race, regardless of who or what he/she is, no matter what he/she has contributed to the people of Johor, as long as he/she is Umno, mind you it is not BN but Umno, then he/she is a racist at heart.  As far as these people are concerned, that's all that matters, the presumed racism (as defined by DAP) in the heart of all Umno members.  That was what was implied in the "Chinese Revolt (Revolution)" statement by the DAP operatives.

A comment in my previous posting lamented my battleground analysis as based purely on ethnic composition:

Tinsel - I agree with, and appreciate, your opposition to JUK's comments. Your analysis is also interesting but the reasoning supporting it seems to be, to paraphrase, this or that seat will be competitive because of its ethnic mix. There's little or no consideration of the match up of candidates, local issues or policies. While you and JUK have different reactions, both appear to be based on a race-based interpretation of the world we live in. If this is what we aspire to, we are lost as a nation.

Unfortunately, this is how the state of things is, Anon, whether we like it or not.  It is not about issues, it is not about performance as a state administrator, it is not about your credibility as a politician, it is all about the perception that has been painted by DAP of Umno (which is really a Malay party) as the mother of all evils, the only racist organisation in Malaysia.  And it is all about ethnic composition of the electorates.

I am not going to list out what Dato Ghani has done for the Chinese of Gelang Patah in his capacity as Mentri Besar, because you can read it at Bee Kim's.  I am just going to say that he has done a hell of a lot more for the people of Gelang Patah than Lim Kit Siang, Boo Cheng Hau and the entire DAP Johor combined.  That is why I sincerely hope that Gelang Patah will prove them all wrong, and Dato Ghani will win handsomely with substantial support from the Chinese too.

Musings : Into the Bin

I was going through my notes to write about my next regional analysis, north-west Johor.  That got me totally depressed and I have decided to stop all these analysis business because that region of Johor is well and truly messed up politically.  Just too depressing for words.  Pagoh, Ledang, Bakri and Muar - from simple to complicated in that order.

Pagoh is simple because it is the TPM's division, and Tan Sri is the candidate for Pagoh.  It is an outright Malay-majority constituency, and all the candidates here are Malays.  BN is extremely strong here, no doubt BN will win all three seats of Pagoh, Jorak and Bukit Serampang.  No doubt, I am certain. PKR and PAS got no chance here at all.

Moving to Ledang, my depression began.  One of the reasons given by that Umno guy contesting as an independent was because he wanted to give Malay Umno voters an alternative to Asojan because Gambir is a Malay-majority seat.  See?  The polarisation have begun.

Then I got more depressed as I checked the reason that the new candidate to replace Dato Ghani in Serom is not getting acceptance - he is not a local of Serom, he resides in Gambir.  Man ..... So now, not only must you be of a certain ethnic group, of the pervasive political persuasion, you must also be a local, i.e. within the boundary of the constituency.  Isn't that nitpicking to the point of lunacy?  The man was born in Sungai Mati, for goodness sake.

Then of course there are Muar and Bakri.  

"We don't like the calon because he is not qualified to be the calon"
"Why is he not qualified?"
"Because we don't like him"
"Why don't you like him?  What is the connection between your not liking him and him being unqualified?"
"He must be liked by voters.  We are voters.  We don't like him.  So he is not qualified."

This from a bunch of people who allowed Er Teck Hwa to become their representative in Bakri in 2008.

I give up.

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Battleground: North-Central

I realise that I have been neglecting the rest of Johor lately because I was probably too invested in what is going to happen in Gelang Patah.  I really hope Dato Ghani will win here because I wanted to prove to Pakatan that the majority of Johoreans are far too rational and pragmatic to be swayed by their kind of politics.  However, it is only fair that I note down other battlegrounds worthy of attention.

Segamat, Sekijang and Labis are three parliamentary seats located in north-central Johor, with six state seats at stake, namely Buloh Kasap, Jementah, Pemanis, Kemelah, Tenang and Bekok.  The following are the ethnic composition of the electorates in this region.

47,115 (44.3% Malay, 45.6% Chinese, 9.9% Indian, 0.3% Others)
18,816 (55.9% Malay, 32.2% Chinese, 11.6% Indian, 0.3% Others)
28,299 (36.6% Malay, 54.5% Chinese, 8.7% Indian, 0.2% Others)

43,129 (56.1% Malay, 39.0% Chinese, 4.5% Indian, 0.3% Others)
 N03     PEMANIS
22,658 (56.9% Malay, 39.3% Chinese, 3.5% Indian, 0.3% Others) 
20,471 (55.2% Malay, 38.6% Chinese, 5.7% Indian, 0.5% Others)

P142    LABIS
43,129 (36.5% Malay, 46.5% Chinese, 15.1% Indian, 1.9% Others) 
N05     TENANG
16,974 (49.6% Malay, 37.6% Chinese, 11.3% Indian, 1.5% Others) 
N06     BEKOK
20,813 (25.9% Malay, 53.6% Chinese, 18.1% Indian, 2.4% Others)

Based on the latest development, I would consider Labis as the toughest among the three simply because the composition of Malay voters at 36% means Chua will need to ensure that he gets enough support from the 15% Indians to match the presumed overwhelming Chinese support for the Opposition.  This is why it makes sense that DAP opted to field S Ramakrishnan as their candidate.  

Being confident that the Indians would vote along racial lines, I believe DAP hopes to ensure that Tee Yong will not be able to garner sufficient Indian support to win Labis by fielding an Indian candidate.  In contrast, DAP fielded Lim Eng Guan in Bekok, an outright Chinese-majority state seat at 54%, because here, the DAP doesn't feel that they need the Indian votes to win, despite representing 18% of the electorates.  Similarly in Jementah, DAP strategists reckon that they can win this state seat by depending largely on the Chinese votes, assuming that PAS and PKR supporters won't be voting for BN.

I think, being a smart guy, Chua knew the odds are against him, but he is showing his mettle as a true leader by standing his ground in Labis, a traditional MCA seat.  I feel that this is one guy whose political career is worth watching.  I think he is a tougher opponent than people make him out to be and I sincerely wish him well in Labis.

Despite fielding Chua Jui Meng, I think PKR will have an uphill battle in Segamat.  For one thing, Segamat is a mixed seat, where Malay-Chinese composition is almost equal, and Chua must work doubly hard to ensure that PAS and DAP supporters will flock to his side.  Not only that, Chua also has credibility issues among the Chinese,  as Chinese in these parts of the woods are generally not too keen on turncoats, while the DAP supporters are not exactly thrilled that they "lost" their traditional seat to PKR.  It will be interesting to see the outcome of Segamat, but at the moment, advantage is to BN, although not by much.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Getting Updated

I am back at the office today, after being away for the most part of a week, thereby missing out on a number of events happening back at base such as nomination day, the first round of campaigning and such things.  On my way to the office, I took a detour, just to take a look at what's happening since last week and notice that all the campaigning paraphernalia are up and things look quite festive.

For the past couple of weeks, I have been getting updates purely from online sources, and a few phone calls to friends, and watching TV3 online.  Last night was the first time I managed to catch RTM news for the first time in weeks.  However, I must thank Bee Kim for her updates, along with Annie who has been moving on the ground, for they have given me a good feel for what is going on at home in Gelang Patah, and Johor in general.

Even though it is business as usual at the office, I will attempt to spend a little bit more of my evenings on the ground out there just so that I can have a feel of what is going on.  Not because I am that keen on the politics, but it is because I am invested in the future of Johor as I intended to make this my home and set up roots here.  What happens here in Johor, more specifically in Gelang Patah, will determine whether it will retain the attractive character that made me chose this place as my base two years ago.

When I arrived in Gelang Patah sometime in early 2011, people were still getting used to the changes, and there were many talks about the many infrastructure projects going on in and around the JB area, but had not physically made an impact yet to local residents.

However, knowing what will eventually happen, I decided to go around to have a feel of Gelang Patah as it was before the transformation fully takes place.  Whenever I had the time, I would drive around attempting to get lost so that I had the opportunity to chat people up asking for directions (:D) as well as to gauge how hospitable the place is.  Everyone was so helpful, some going out of their way to make sure I won't get lost again.  Some of the places that I stopped by for directions became my regular haunts.  That was the beginning of my love affair with Johor.

Back then, many were still unsure of what to expect, or how their lives will be affected by the changes that was happening.  The general feeling was mostly positive, there was great anticipation for things to come and many voiced their expectations that the changes would bring greater prosperity.  There were also concerns about cost of living, displacement of local folks, whether they can adapt to the changes taking place and how they can stay relevant.

After going around the state, I began to realise that in Johor, BN is not merely a political party, it is an integral part of the social landscape, most especially in the rural and semi-rural areas.  Even in the largely Chinese areas with non-BN MP or ADUN, you would find BN public service centres (Umno or MCA) that attempt to resolve day to day issues faced by the public, organise events with government agencies and provide BN representatives access to grassroots issues.

For BN in Johor, it has never been about personalities that take up all the limelight in the newspapers and TV, it has always been their service on the ground that matter.  The politicians who became ADUN or MP must always touch base with these guys on the ground to remain relevant.  They expect their representatives to be part of their social fabric, to be accessible 24x7, to attend weddings, to help out financially, etc..

Johor Malays, especially those in the rural and semi-rural areas, such as what Gelang Patah largely is, appreciate leaders who are humble, accessible, reliable and hands-on, regardless of their ethnicity.  Pomposity, confrontational and absenteeism will get nowhere with these folks.  Neither would they give time to those who make promises but do not deliver, and they are fairly vocal, albeit in the usual subtle ways of Johor Malays.  From my observation, Johor Chinese locally, are not that much different from their Malay counterparts.

People would say that Gelang Patah in GE13 is all about the Chinese vote, but what I have seen and from what I have gathered in conversations with the uncles and aunties I have met on my travels around Johor, I have faith in their ability to be discerning when making their choices.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Under Attack

The final list of nominees to represent the people of Johor has been finalised.  Now the campaigning will start in earnest and come May 5th, we will be casting our votes to choose our representation at the Dewan Rakyat and Dewan Negeri.

I have previously shared my analysis of Johor's political landscape and how the opposition parties position themselves to win a number of Johor parliamentary seats in order to capture Putrajaya.  I have always maintained that GE13 is not about capturing Johor per se, but to strengthen their Putrajaya bid.

Johor, Sarawak and Sabah became the Pact's frontline states because they have already captured all the possible parliamentary seats in the other states.  It must also be noted that their strategy in Johor is different from what is being employed in Sabah and Sarawak, for obvious reasons.

The Pact's chances of winning are greatest in Johor's urban areas with outright Chinese majority, hence the safest seats for them would be Kulai, Bakri, Gelang Patah and Kluang.  Except for Bakri, where the incumbent Er Teck Hwa is retained, DAP has brought in their elites to contest in Kulai, Gelang Patah and Kluang.  I believe that as far as DAP is concerned, these are the 4 parliamentary seats they are confident of winning.  DAP seems to be less confident of Labis, thus the uncertainty of who to field there.  However, BN are fielding, in my estimation, winnable candidates in these five seats, and their chances are quite good despite the overwhelming advantage to the DAP.

PAS readily admit that their chances in Johor largely depend on Chinese support for Pakatan, hence they have more or less acknowledged that their chances are slim in all the other seats they are contesting in Johor.  However, winning Pulai will be extremely difficult for PAS as they have yet to find any major chinks in BN's armor here that they can exploit.  Their support among the Malays have also been severely eroded with recent events affecting their Islamic credibility.  Their best chance will be Pulai, the only marginal seat contested by PAS, hence I expect PAS to focus the bulk of their campaigning for Pulai.  However, the prognosis is gloomy for PAS in Pulai, and it's not any better in Nusajaya either.

PKR's best hopes are Segamat and Batu Pahat although of the two, PKR's chances in Batu Pahat is higher than in Segamat.  In order to win, BN will have to really work hard in Chinese areas and Datuk Chua may need to campaign hard for BN in Batu Pahat instead of in Labis as BN is particular vulnerable for fielding an unpopular incumbent here.  However, there is the matter of the hardworking Syed Hamid Ali who had been sidelined in favor of Idris Jusi, which may reduce PKR's chances in Batu Pahat.

Friday, 19 April 2013

The Rocket Drama

I watched Lim Guan Eng acting up again on TV3 just now.  Aiyo Guan Eng ... enough with the drama la.  What do you want?  Both ROS and EC already said DAP can use the rocket symbol, why you need to be so dramatic with all the "if they keep their word" and "if not we will contest using PAS symbol".  You want to bring two authorisation letters, go ahead la, you don't have to make such a fuss of it.

Playing the victim like anyone with half a mind would sympathise with your self-inflicted problems.  Hey, DAP messed things up all by themselves in their own CEC election, OK.  The unhappy DAP members complained about it, then ROS investigated and informed DAP their newly elected CEC is not recognised by the ROS.  Don't start turning this into another sob story of how DAP is the most persecuted entity in the entire universe, can or not?

A DAP CT had already blamed Umno/BN in this comment "When face with prospect of defeat, what's UMNO/BN response? Using RoS to ban DAP and the Rocket symbol! Brilliant move." in my blog, although I don't know how Umno/BN is responsible for causing those DAP members to file their complaints to ROS.  Are there people who would actually buy this drivel?

Should ROS ignore the complaints filed by those DAP members then, because everyone must accept that DAP under the Lims can do no wrong, that they are perfection at all times?  What about the rights of those who filed the complaint?  What?  They've got none?

It is always Umno/BN that do these monstrous things, because BN without the Umno appended to it would not be sufficiently evil to be responsible for everything that's wrong with the world today.  The whole thing is just too juvenile, it isn't funny anymore.

How can anyone take this Lim fellow seriously?  First it's political assassination, now its bringing two authorisation letters to the nomination centre, next we don't know what la but will surely be something else to whine and dramatise about.  Drama queen betul.

Man of Honor

Knowing how hard he has worked on the ground, I am most glad to read that he has shown that he has a big heart too, declaring his support for a colleague who has been chosen over him to represent BN in Gelang Patah.  Being away from base at the moment, I had to depend on friends and online news for the info.  Annie has it at her blog and she quoted NST too.

Mr Teoh is showing that he is a big man, showing that he is capable of making sacrifices and subscribe to the idea of working for the good of the coalition, instead of for self-interest.  It presses home the fact that Johoreans are equally capable of great things, regardless of their ethnicity.

For those who have been trying to sow discord by playing the ethnic issue, do take note.  Jason Teoh, someone who has earned my respect and admiration, has just proven that Johorean Chinese are capable of seeing beyond self and ethnicity.  It is only fair that we continue to show our support to the very same ideals that Jason had pledged his support to, by making sure that our choices are not colored by selfish interests and narrow worldviews.

Thank you Mr Teoh.  You have reinforced my faith in the admirable character of Johoreans.

Musings: Cleaning up

Talking about cleaning up, I think people should start to question their own self too.  How clear is your conscience, how true is your intent, how clean is your inter-action with others? 

I have found that some people who accuse other people of dastardly acts are themselves the worst perpetrators of the said acts.  People who accuse others of spinning and lying are the worse spinners and liars, and they shamelessly do both in the same place to the same people.  

A simple statement of fact can be twisted by these shameless individuals into long-winded made up stories that was so obviously fictive in nature,  but they think people are stupid enough not to see behind the spin.  The sad thing is, they do this so often that they actually believe their own fiction.

I particularly find it comical how opposition figures, the same ones most times, respond to any "musibah" that befalls them by playing the "Umno/BN fault" game.  It is always Umno's fault, regardless of who is involved.  At least I have yet to find BN operatives playing the "I am whiter than white, purer than pure" music.  

Don't these people have any self-respect at all?  Don't they realise how pathetic they look, or how juvenile their whining is?  Do they seriously think that the thinking fence sitter would find their blame game credible, or their self-pitying spinning palatable?  

They might be able to re-enforce the self-pity among their own cult members, but I am sure there are many thinking people out there who find it distasteful.  And what the masters do, the followers do in greater righteousness.   It's getting to nauseous proportion that now I make and effort to avoid reading Free Malaysia Today, Malaysiakini, Malaysian Insider and Malaysia Chronicle, the four most responsible for the insidious spinning.

Those among the sheep who feel they are cleverer than the brainwashed masses would attempt to play the same "blame Umno for everything" game, sell their fiction, and conduct the sneaky twisting and spinning they accuse others of doing, emulating their revered leaders in all their nasty habits, probably aspiring to move higher up in the ranks of the opposition priesthood.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Outside Looking In

I guess Battlefield Johor is coming to town a lot earlier than I anticipated and the Culling Process has almost reached its final conclusion.  We should have already seen how the strategies are being played out by DAP's master handlers for Johor, namely Tony Pua, Anthony Loke and Teo Nie Ching in candidate placement.  Tony Pua was supposed to be fielded but isn't, instead Teo gets the Kulai seat with its 56% of Chinese voters.  In Gelang Patah, Lim Kit Siang still needs Dr Boo Cheng Hau and his supporters.

I am kind of reflecting on a number of anomalies in the DAP's candidate placement and find it interesting that decision for Labis is still up there in the air.  Northern Johor, which should include Segamat, Labis, Bakri and Muar, is supposed to be under Pua's dominion, making Labis the most likely choice for Pua now that Segamat has been given to PKR.  As for Teo, being the Central Johor Coordinator, she should be looking at Kluang as a possible new home.  However, both wanted to contest in Kulai, though Teo won that.  Loke, on the other hand, was supposed to be responsible for Southern Johor, which by right should include Kulai too, but he was not even named as a candidate in Johor.  Strange.

I know, I know, when people talk about the Fight For Johor, everyone has moved on to Gelang Patah.  Personally, I really don't see what the big deal is.  BN Johor as a whole has not been race-oriented when it comes to parliamentary representation, not even at the state assembly.  When it comes to the issue of race, Johor Malays have been tested time and time again to be capable of proving ethnicity is not an issue.  It's just that all these while, BN has always considered the political traditions of all coalition partners when allocating seats.  Gelang Patah GE13 is just the first opportunity for Johor Chinese to prove that they are just as non-ethnic-biased as their Malay neighbors.  We will see how that turns out.

If Gelang Patah Chinese are more concerned about getting someone who will sincerely represent their interests, then they would be looking at the candidates' track record of serving their constituents and their contributions to nation-building, as both are senior politicians with many years of service.  If Gelang Patah Chinese decide to vote along ethnic lines, then that will be the basis of Johor's future political landscape.

I am not going to start analyzing the possible outcome of Gelang Patah as almost everyone has done all the possible scenarios.  My view is more personal to me, as I am a voter in Gelang Patah/Skudai, and I am looking at this the way I would look at who will represent my voice in parliament.

For one thing, Dato Ghani has a reputation of giving equal attention to the needs of all Johoreans alike, irrespective of ethnicity.  All the major land-related issues in Gelang Patah has been more or less resolved - removing most of the land-related grouses people may have.  Those that have not been resolved are the complicated ones that involve matters outside the control of state administrative functionaries, although efforts are still on-going to resolve them.

Infrastructure and commercial development in Gelang Patah has resulted in almost a doubling up of population numbers in the area, providing greater opportunities to the business-savvy individuals, and more higher paying jobs for skilled workers that translate into higher disposable income.

When I talk to neighbors and people I strike-up conversations with, there is a sense of greater prosperity all around, although people do complain about higher food prices, which is really about scarcity, demand and supply, and with people flocking to Johor looking for better prospects, you can't really avoid that.  (Yes, I do have this tendency to start up conversations with complete strangers, although I am careful to be extra smiley when doing so.)

From my observations, Dato Ghani has never been a part of any faction in Umno Johor either, and this is a good thing.  The neutrality that he maintains, which may not go down well with many people who wanted privileged access to champion their interests, has been instrumental to ensuring that his integrity remains intact, his decisions respected.  He is also very media-shy, which is quite unique among politicians, and actually looks rather cute whenever he bashfully attempts to respond to sensitive questions with the minimum of words while maintaining political correctness.

I don't know enough about Lim Kit Siang, as he is an outsider as far as Johor is concerned, despite being born in Batu Pahat, Johor.   As far as I can see, whatever I know of Lim is what I read in the papers, as whenever he comes down to Johor prior to this, his focus has always been on addressing only the Chinese voters.  Even when he was in Tenang, whatever he said in the national language had very little relevance to me, and the bulk of his "ceramah" and speeches there were not in the national language nor in English.  For someone like me, it is difficult to relate to someone I can't understand.

However,  in a future where it is clear that we are heading towards ethnicity being the determinant of one's political leanings, as evident in the "Chinese Revolt (revolution)" expectations of the opposition operatives, what happens in Gelang Patah on May 5th will determine my future political leanings as a Malaysian Malay.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Musings: Tomorrow is Another Day

Being a first-time voter in Johor, I am pretty excited at the prospect of going to the polls on May 5th.  I have been spending a lot of time on the ground, talking to makcik, pakcik, uncles and aunties, and I am beginning to get all excited again at the prospect of being part of it all.

However, I have decided to take it easy tonight and just spend the entire night catching up on things I have been neglecting for months now, like getting a good night's sleep.  The reason being, BN Johor will unveil their candidates tomorrow at the M Suites, and who's contesting where will finally be confirmed.  The prospective candidates would have known by now where they are contesting, and I think it is best that I wait until tomorrow before I start thinking serious stuff like who the candidates are, what are their prospects, and so on, and so forth.

PAS Johor confirmed their candidates last Saturday, and BN Johor will do so tomorrow.  I think PKR and DAP have already decided, but they are keeping everyone guessing, but no matter.  We'll know for sure by the 20th anyways.

So tonight is going to be leisurely self-pampering time.

PS : Go here for the latest revelations.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Acid Test

I dropped by my good friend Annie's place and her latest posting is very similar to what I wanted to write but hadn't had the time to do it.  And now that she has done her piece, I will just put my perspective to it, but go ahead and read hers too.

Nothing has been confirmed yet, but it seems that the guys on the ground are very excited at the prospect of Dato Ghani facing off Mr Lim in Gelang Patah.  Some would say it is the twilight clash, but I am seeing something else.  If Dato Ghani decides to accept the challenge, it will not be because he wanted to continue his political career, because I think he sincerely wanted to retire, but because he wants to make sure that Johor will continue to be a BN bastion, even in places like Gelang Patah.

The point of pitting an Umno in a Chinese-majority seat, and a non-Malay in a Malay-majority seat is a clear indication of how BN Johor approach the power-sharing concept.  It is not the ethnicity of the person representing you, not his religious faith either, but it is about how the people of Johor develop the ability to rise above race-based politics.

BN Johor do not talk much about it, but the fact is, non-Malay BN candidates in Malay-majority seats have a much better chance to win in Johor is testimony of how the Johor Malays subscribe to the BN power-sharing ideals.  That their decision had never been clouded by race.  Gelang Patah will be an acid test to see whether the Johor Chinese are willing to go half way, given that the man being put up to represent them have had a reputation among the Chinese, of being fair to everyone.

What I find interesting, however, is the consistency of DAP in selecting areas that are being intensely developed, mostly urban areas where there is a large concentration of Chinese voters, and where there are local authorities that do most of the legwork in servicing the constituents' needs.  It has always been like that, the focus of DAP political activism is the Chinese, in urban areas, and even as their image shifts from the working class socialism ideals as depicted by Dr Boo to the Christian professional socialism of the likes of say, Anthony Loke, their focus has never shifted from the Chinese voters in urban areas.

It explains why DAP chose to "take back" Gelang Patah, which was contested by PKR in the previous two GEs, and giving up Segamat to PKR.  The deciding factor is, I believe, urbanisation.  Gelang Patah is now turning to be more urbanised than Segamat, hence a more attractive proposition for DAP, and there is a reason for that, which, is a topic for another posting.

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Says It All (Updated)


For some reason, these opposition types think their noises are important enough for me to turn censor-mad.  Just because they go around gagging and censoring  at every opportunity, they think everyone would do so.  Pathetic ...

For the record, I put on the moderation primarily to stop spam from littering this blog as I am not 24x7 online to remove them.  And the pervs ...

I have removed it because Benny Loh complained I did not have the courtesy to ask for his permission.  So you can find it elsewhere at Helen's or at Lim's.  Cheers!


Man ... I couldn't believe my eyes just now, but I am putting this in it's entirety from Lim Kit Siang's blog so you can read it here and not have to go there.  A blog posting at the DAP venerated leader's blog with that title, and just look at the caricature by Benny Loh that tries to portray LKS as the altruistic, pure and raceless cool leader of the masses.  LOL.  Poor Benny, that title just does not reflect what you are trying to achieve you know ...

 No wonder all the CTs of the Red Rocket Army have been using the term Kutty here, there and everywhere, and not necessarily just to denigrate Tun M.  And DAP claim to be non-race?  The irony of it ...

PS: Darn! Helen already made a posting about it here.  She has more for your reading pleasure, so go there if you want to know more.

Friday, 12 April 2013

Purple Hot

There have been a lot of talk about Johor and Gelang Patah lately that for some strange reasons, Kulai and Kluang have fallen under the radar of political observers.

I was told by my Dad's old friend, Uncle Li, whom I talked to yesterday, Kulai is far more likely to fall to the Opposition than Gelang Patah, while Kluang may fall not so much because of the "Chinese revolution (Revolt)" but because of Malay dissatisfaction.

This morning I had breakfast at the mamak corner near where I live with this guy from Kulai.  I took the opportunity to get a bit of update on what is happening in Kulai, just to confirm what I was told about Kulai by Uncle Li.

He said BN Kulai suffers from factionalism and poor leadership, among other things, which have also resulted in fairly disturbing news on the ground.   I am sure the BN leadership know what is happening there, and hopefully have a solution to Kulai.  Both the PM and MB have been spending quite a lot of time in Kulai too, so I am sure things are under control for BN.

BN might gain some respite too, as DAP is currently having problems in Johor.  Talk is, even though they are not feuding publicly (a gag order is already in place, decreed by Lim Kit Siang himself), the DAP Johor guys are very sore at how they have been totally disregarded in the fight for Johor.

For years DAP Johor have been working hard, building support for the party, in relative obscurity out here, and now they are expected to simply make way for choices made by people who were not actively on the ground.  I am not sure how they can possibly fight against the culling process, but I think DAP Johor leaders are beginning to realise exactly what is the role of provincial leaders in the DAP political culture.

Other purple hot seats on my list, besides the obvious 5 are Pasir Gudang and Tebrau.  These are where I think the fight is going to be toughest for BN and I hope to get in touch with my friends on the ground for their feel of what's happening down there.

Musings: Contrasts (Nothing to do with politics)

I'll be working this weekend.  Not that I haven't done this before, weekends, public holidays, even there was one time when I was on sick leave they came and dragged me to work because there was no one else who could do what I was doing at the time.  But this weekend cannot be avoided.  Breakfast and lunch are provided, but other than that, your time is FOC.

The work culture in Malaysia is slightly different from what I am used to in my previous work experience, where every minute was chargeable, every trip was chargeable, every phone call was accounted for.  Back then we had a daily time-sheet that detailed out every single minute spent, to be reviewed on a weekly basis, and you are allocated 10 minutes each day to complete your time-sheet, which falls under "administration". 

You are expected to fill up the 7 hours with productive work, slacking off is not tolerated, and subject to a sounding off.  Lunch with clients are put under "entertaining", and going to the washroom is not accommodated in the time-sheet, as that is not considered a "productive activity".  We even talk about work around the coffee machine - that falls under "troubleshooting".

Other than the coffee and candy vending machines, there was no such thing as breakfast and lunch provided, although there was a cafeteria on the top floor.  Your food, your own responsibility, although my work colleagues were kind and generous when dealing with the sole girl in the team, a fresh graduate out of an American college, and a Malaysian to boot.  They also made fun of what they termed as my "American outlook", although I eventually picked up some understanding of British humor and lingo.

I would normally have a cucumber or peanut butter jelly sandwich for lunch, which I would eat at my desk, while reading up manuals.  Sometimes I'd have an apple instead of sandwich.  Working through lunch was something I used to do and has become a habit that I do it even now ... 

Here in Malaysia, such a meal would not be considered a proper lunch.  You can hardly see people in the office during lunch hour, in my case 13:00 to 14:00.  And here, you are served food at every occasion.  Once, one of our senior executives from London came down to visit the local office, and after three days of meeting our major clients, he confided in me that he had eaten more in those three days than he had in the previous three months.

Being careful not to offend the hosts, he ate everything that he was offered, and since we scheduled him to meet 4 clients a day, that was 4 servings of nasi lemak or bihun,or what-not a day for three days, not to mention the breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

And the nominees are ...

This is going to be updated as and when the latest information becomes available.

47,115 (44.3% Malay, 45.6% Chinese, 9.9% Indian, 0.3% Others)
Subramaniam a/l K.V. Sathasivam (BN)
Chua Jui Meng (PKR)

18,816 (55.9% Malay, 32.2% Chinese, 11.6% Indian, 0.3% Others)
Norshida binti Ibrahim (BN)
Firdaus bin Masod (PAS)

28,299 (36.6% Malay, 54.5% Chinese, 8.7% Indian, 0.2% Others)
Lee Hong Tee (BN)
Tan Chen Choon (DAP)

43,129 (56.1% Malay, 39.0% Chinese, 4.5% Indian, 0.3% Others)
Anuar bin Abd. Manap (BN)
Julailey bin Jemadi (PKR)

22,658 (56.9% Malay, 39.3% Chinese, 3.5% Indian, 0.3% Others)
Lau Chin Hoon (BN)
Normala binti Sudirman (PAS)

20,471 (55.2% Malay, 38.6% Chinese, 5.7% Indian, 0.5% Others)
Ayub bin Rahmat (BN)
Natrah binti Ismail (PKR)

P142    LABIS
43,129 (36.5% Malay, 46.5% Chinese, 15.1% Indian, 1.9% Others)
Chua Tee Yong (BN)
Ramakrishnan a/l Suppiah (DAP)

N05     TENANG
16,974 (49.6% Malay, 37.6% Chinese, 11.3% Indian, 1.5% Others)
Mohd Azahar bin Ibrahim (BN)
Md Zin bin Johar (PAS)

N06     BEKOK
20,813 (25.9% Malay, 53.6% Chinese, 18.1% Indian, 2.4% Others)
Tan Chong (BN)
Lim Eng Guan (DAP)

P143    PAGOH
            46,880 (64.8% Malay, 30.8% Chinese, 3.9% Indian, 0.5% Others)
            Mahiaddin bin Md Yasin (BN)
            Mohamad Rozali bin Jamil (PAS)
            N07     BUKIT SERAMPANG
                        21,480 (70.9% Malay, 26.1% Chinese, 2.1% Indian, 0.9% Others)
                        Ismail bin Mohamed (BN)
                        Saadon bin Abdullah (PKR)

            N08     JORAK
                        25,400 (59.6% Malay, 34.8% Chinese, 5.4% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Sharuddin bin Md Salleh (BN)
                        Nor Hayati binti Bachok (PAS)

P144    LEDANG
            69,453 (53.6% Malay, 41.1% Chinese, 4.8% Indian, 0.3% Others)
            Hamim bin Samuri (BN)
            Hassan bin Abdul Karim (PKR)
            N09     GAMBIR
                        21,427 (56.3% Malay, 39.7% Chinese, 3.8% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        M Asojan a/l Muniyandy (BN)
                        Mahfodz Mohamed (PAS)
                        Yunus bin Mustakim (Bebas)
                        Mohd Zan bin Abu (Bebas)

            N10     TANGKAK
                        23,434 (38.0% Malay, 51.2% Chinese, 9.7% Indian, 1.1% Others)
                        Goh Tee Tee (BN)
                        Ee Chin Li (DAP)
            N11     SEROM
                        24,592 (66.2% Malay, 32.8% Chinese, 0.8% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Abd. Razak bin Minhat (BN)
                        Azmi bin Ahmad (PAS)

P145    BAKRI
            67,329 (44.1% Malay, 53.2% Chinese, 2.2% Indian, 0.5% Others)
            Lee Chin Yong (BN)
            Er Teck Hwa (DAP)
            N12     BENTAYAN
                        23,490 (24.8% Malay, 72.5% Chinese, 2.2% Indian, 0.5% Others)
                        Fong Soh Lan (BN)
                        Chua Wee Beng (DAP)
            N13     SUNGAI ABONG
                        28,304 (51.3% Malay, 45.2% Chinese, 3.0% Indian, 0.5% Others)
                        Haris bin Salleh (BN)
                        Sheikh Ibrahim bin Salleh (PAS)
            N14     BUKIT NANING
                        15,535 (60.0% Malay, 38.4% Chinese, 1.0% Indian, 0.6% Others)
                        Saipolbahari bin Suib (BN)
                        Abdul Aziz bin Muhammad (PKR)
                        Md Ghazali bin Salamun (Bebas)

P146    MUAR
            48,334 (62.8% Malay, 35.4% Chinese, 1.5% Indian, 0.3% Others)
            Razali bin Ibrahim (BN)
            Nor Hizwan bin Ahmad (PKR)

            N15     MAHARANI
                        27,161 (55.0% Malay, 42.0% Chinese, 2.5% Indian, 0.5% Others)
                        Zulkhairi bin Ahmad (BN)
                        Mohammad bin Taslim (PAS)
            N16     SUNGAI BALANG
                        21,173 (72.8% Malay, 26.9% Chinese, 0.2% Indian, 0.1% Others)
                        Zaiton binti Ismail (BN)
                        Malik bin Mohamad Diah (PAS)

            57,030 (76.8% Malay, 22.5% Chinese, 0.5% Indian, 0.2% Others)
            Noraini binti Ahmad (BN)
            Khairuddin bin A Rahim (PAS)

            N17     SEMERAH
                        31,123 (65.6% Malay, 33.6% Chinese, 0.6% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Mohd Ismail bin Roslan (BN)
                        Md Ysahrudin bin Kusni (PKR)
            N18     SRI MEDAN
                        25,907 (90.4% Malay, 9.1% Chinese, 0.3% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Zulkarnain bin Kamisan (BN)
                        Ahmad Rosdi bin Bahari (PAS)

            42,991 (57.9% Malay, 38.0% Chinese, 3.9% Indian, 0.2% Others)
            Wee Ka Siong (BN)
            Hu Pang Chaw (PAS)

            N19     YONG PENG
                        22,521 (32.6% Malay, 60.4% Chinese, 6.8% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Lim Kee Moi (BN)
                        Chew Peck Choo (DAP)
            N20     SEMARANG
                        20,470 (85.7% Malay, 13.3% Chinese, 0.8% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Samsolbari bin Jamali (BN)
                        Alliar @ Ilyas bin A Bakar (PAS)

            44,821 (64.7% Malay, 33.6% Chinese, 1.4% Indian, 0.3% Others)
            Ab. Aziz bin Kaprawi (BN)
Mohd Khuzzan bin Abu Bakar (PKR)

            N21     PARIT YAANI
                        24,668 (55.6% Malay, 43.1% Chinese, 1.1% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Teo Yew Chuan (BN)
                        Aminolhuda bin Hassan (PAS)
            N22     PARIT RAJA
                        20,253 (75.8% Malay, 22.2% Chinese, 1.8% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Azizah binti Zakaria (BN)
                        Noor Khalim bin Sakib (PAS)

            88,461 (52.7% Malay, 45.6% Chinese, 1.4% Indian, 0.3% Others)
            Mohd Puad bin Zarkashi (BN)
            Mohd Idris bin Jusi (PKR)
            N23     PENGGARAM
                        45,259 (35.8% Malay, 61.5% Chinese, 2.3% Indian, 0.4% Others)
                        King Ban Siang (BN)
                        Gan Peck Cheng (DAP)
            N24     SENGGARANG
                        24,090 (61.8% Malay, 37.4% Chinese, 0.6% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        A Aziz bin Ismail (BN)
                        Mohd Ramli bin Md Kari (PAS)
            N25     RENGIT
                        19,112 (81.2% Malay, 18.2% Chinese, 0.3% Indian, 0.3% Others)
                        Ayub bin Jamil (BN)
                        Ahmad Kailani bin Kosnin (PAS)

            40,217 (56.8% Malay, 33.1% Chinese, 9.7% Indian, 0.4% Others)
            Liang Teck Meng (BN)
            Suhaizan bin Kaiat (PAS)
            N26     MACHAP
                        22,267 (62.8% Malay, 31.7% Chinese, 5.2% Indian, 0.3% Others)
                        Abd. Taib bin Abu Bakar (BN)
                        Mohd Khalid bin Salekan (PAS)
            N27     LAYANG-LAYANG
                        17,950 (49.3% Malay, 34.9% Chinese, 15.1% Indian, 0.6% Others)
                        Abd  Mutalip bin Abd Rahim (BN)
                        Mohd Ishak bin Shir Mohd (PKR)

P152    KLUANG
            86,914 (39.6% Malay, 49.3% Chinese, 9.8% Indian, 1.3% Others)
Hou Kok Chung (BN)
Liew Chin Tong (DAP)
            N28     MENGKIBOL
                        42,458 (27.6% Malay, 58.3% Chinese, 13.8% Indian, 0.3% Others)
                        Chye Kwee Yeow (BN)
                        Tan Hong Pin (DAP)
                        Ng Lam Hua (Bebas)
            N29     MAHKOTA
                        44,456 (51.0% Malay, 40.6% Chinese, 6.0% Indian, 2.4% Others)
                        Md Jais bin Sarday (BN)
                        Khairul Faizi bin Ahmad Kamil (PAS)

            41,681 (58.7% Malay, 30.9% Chinese, 9.0% Indian, 1.4% Others)
            Hishammuddin bin Datuk Hussein (BN)
            Onn bin Abu Bakar (PKR)
            N30     PALOH
                        18,274 (38.0% Malay, 43.6% Chinese, 17.1% Indian, 1.3% Others)
                        Teoh Yap Kun (BN)
                        Shanker a/l Rengganathan (DAP)
            N31     KAHANG
                        23,407 (74.8% Malay, 21.0% Chinese, 2.6% Indian, 1.6% Others)
                        Vidyananthan a/ Ramanadhan (BN)
                        Hamdan bin Basiran (PKR)

            44,579 (79.8% Malay, 15.8% Chinese, 1.3% Indian, 3.1% Others)
            Abd. Latiff bin Ahmad (BN)
            Roslan bin Nikmat (PAS)
            N32     ENDAU
                        19,080 (76.6% Malay, 18.9% Chinese, 0.7% Indian, 3.8% Others)
                        Abd. Latif bin Bandi @ Nor Sebandi (BN)
                        Mohd Azam bin Abdul Razak (PAS)
            N33     TENGGAROH
                        23,407 (82.3% Malay, 13.4% Chinese, 1.7% Indian, 2.6% Others)
                        Raven Kumar a/l Krishnasamy (BN)
                        Murugan a/l Muthusamy (PKR)

            39,775 (73.0% Malay, 17.5% Chinese, 7.0% Indian, 2.5% Others)
            Halimah binti Mohd Sadique (BN)
            Muhamad Said bin Jonit (PAS)
            N34     PANTI
                        17,395 (87.3% Malay, 7.2% Chinese, 4.0% Indian, 1.5% Others)
                        Baderi bin Dasuki (BN)
                        Mohd Annuar bin Mohd Salleh (PKR)
                        Azlisham bin Azahar (PAS)
            N35     PASIR RAJA
                        22,380 (62.1% Malay, 25.5% Chinese, 9.2% Indian, 3.2% Others)
                        Adham bin Baba (BN)
                        Nazari bin Mokhtar (PAS)

            41,961 (87.0% Malay, 10.5% Chinese, 2.1% Indian, 0.4% Others)
            Noor Ehsanuddin bin Mohd Harun Narrashid (BN)
            Onn bin Jaafar (PAS)
            N36     SEDILI
                        24,750 (96.8% Malay, 2.1% Chinese, 0.9% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Rasman bin Ithnain (BN)
                        Abd Kadir bin Sainudin (PKR)
            N37     JOHOR LAMA
                        17,211 (72.9% Malay, 22.7% Chinese, 4.0% Indian, 0.4% Others)
                        Asiah binti Md Ariff (BN)
                        Kamaldin bin Tahir (PAS)

            38,071 (88.4% Malay, 10.0% Chinese, 0.9% Indian, 0.7% Others)
            Azalina binti Othman (BN)
            Tengku Intan binti Tengku Abdul Hamid (PKR)
            Mohd Azaman bin Johari (Bebas)
            N38     PENAWAR
                        19,914 (98.4% Malay, 0.3% Chinese, 0.8% Indian, 0.5% Others)
                        Hamimah binti Mansor (BN)
                        Anis Afida binti Mohd Azli (PAS)
            N39     TANJONG SURAT
                        18,157 (77.5% Malay, 20.7% Chinese, 0.9% Indian, 0.8% Others)
                        Syed Sis bin A Rahman (BN)
                        Hasnul bin Ahmad (PKR)

P158    TEBRAU
            90,601 (47.4% Malay, 38.2% Chinese, 13.3% Indian, 1.1% Others)
            Khoo Soo Seang (BN)
            Choong Shiau Yoon (PKR)
            N40     TIRAM
                        46,724 (54.2% Malay, 29.7% Chinese, 14.6% Indian, 1.5% Others)
                        Maulizan bin Bujang (BN)
                        Kumutha a/p Raman (PAS)
            N41     PUTERI WANGSA
                        43,877 (40.3% Malay, 47.2% Chinese, 11.8% Indian, 0.7% Others)
                        Soorianarayanan a/l Muniandy (BN)
                        Abdullah bin Husin (PAS)
                        Ravindaran a/l Doraisamy (Bebas)

            101,121 (47.8% Malay, 38.4% Chinese, 11.1% Indian, 2.7% Others)
            Normala binti Abdul Samad (BN)
            Ahmad Faidhi bin Saidi (PKR)
            N42     JOHOR JAYA
                        51,698 (43.4% Malay, 47.1% Chinese, 7.5% Indian, 2.1% Others)
                        Tan Cher Puk (BN)
                        Liow Cai Tung (DAP)
                        Hong Eng Wah (Bebas)
            N43     PERMAS
                        49,423 (52.4% Malay, 29.4% Chinese, 14.8% Indian, 3.4% Others)
                        Mohamed Khaled bin Nordin (BN)
                        Syed Othman bin Abdullah (PAS)

            96,515 (51.6% Malay, 42.6% Chinese, 5.0% Indian, 0.8% Others)
            Sharil @ Shahrir bin Ab Samad (BN)
            Md Hashim bin Md Hussein (PKR)
            N44     TANJONG PUTERI
                        51,545 (62.3% Malay, 31.6% Chinese, 5.4% Indian, 0.7% Others)
                        Adam bin Sumiru (BN)
                        Mohd Salleh bin Ahmad (PKR)
            N45     STULANG
                        44,970 (39.3% Malay, 55.1% Chinese, 4.6% Indian, 1.0% Others)
                        Chong Chee Siong (BN)
                        Chen Kah Eng (DAP)

P161    PULAI
            100,695 (47.9% Malay, 41.0% Chinese, 10.0% Indian, 1.1% Others)
            Nur Jazlan bin Mohamed (BN)
            Salahuddin bin Ayub (PAS)
            N46     PENGKALAN RINTING
                        61,316 (43.2% Malay, 44.7% Chinese, 10.7% Indian, 1.4% Others)
                        Chang Mei Kee (BN)
                        Cheo Yew How (DAP)
            N47     KEMPAS
                        39,379 (55.1% Malay, 35.2% Chinese, 9.0% Indian, 0.7% Others)
                        Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid bin Tan Sri Tengku Hamid Jumat (BN)
                        Suhaizan bin Kaiat (PAS)

            106,864 (34.2% Malay, 52.4% Chinese, 12.5% Indian, 0.8% Others)
            A. Ghani bin Othman (BN)
            Lim Kit Siang (DAP)
            N48     SKUDAI
                        56,633 (22.3% Malay, 64.9% Chinese, 12.2% Indian, 0.6% Others)
                        Liang Ah Chy (BN)
                        Boo Cheng Hau (DAP)
            N49     NUSA JAYA
                        50,231 (47.8% Malay, 38.4% Chinese, 12.8% Indian, 1.0% Others)
                        Zaini bin Abu Bakar (BN)
                        Salahuddin bin Ayub (PAS)

P163    KULAI
            84,149 (33.1% Malay, 56.1% Chinese, 10.3% Indian, 0.5% Others)
            Tay Chin Hein (BN)
            Teo Nie Ching (DAP)
            Surendiran a/l Kuppayah (Bebas)
            N50     BUKIT PERMAI
                        21,663 (53.7% Malay, 33.9% Chinese, 12.0% Indian, 0.4% Others)
                        Ali Mazat bin Salleh (BN)
                        Mazlan bin Aliman (PAS)
            N51     BUKIT BATU
                        22,304 (30.8% Malay, 61.6% Chinese, 7.2% Indian, 0.4% Others)
                        Cheong Chin Liang (BN)
                        Jimmy Puah Wee Tse (PKR)
                        Sirendiran a/l Kuppayah (Bebas)

            N52     SENAI
                        40,182 (23.3% Malay, 65.0% Chinese, 11.1% Indian, 0.6% Others)
                        Tang Nai Soon (BN)
                        Wong Shu Qi (DAP)

            49,753 (71.4% Malay, 27.5% Chinese, 0.9% Indian, 0.2% Others)
            Ahmad bin Maslan (BN)
            Haniff @ Ghazali bin Hosman (PKR)
            N53     BENUT
                        21,521 (81.4% Malay, 18.2% Chinese, 0.2% Indian, 0.2% Others)
                        Hasni bin Mohamad (BN)
                        Sorobo bin Ponoh (PAS)
            N54     PULAI SEBATANG
                        28,232 (63.8% Malay, 34.5% Chinese, 1.4% Indian, 0.3% Others)
                        Tee Siew Kiong (BN)
                        Ungku Mohd Nor bin Ungku Mahmood (PAS)

          52,000 (52.1% Malay, 46.5% Chinese, 1.1% Indian, 0.3% Others)
          Wee Jeck Seng (BN)
          Mahadzir bin Ibrahim (DAP)
          N55   PEKAN NENAS
                    32,562 (40.7% Malay, 57.8% Chinese, 1.2% Indian, 0.3% Others)
                    Wong You Fong (BN)
                    Yeo Tung Siong (DAP)
          N56   KUKUP
                    19,438 (71.3% Malay, 27.6% Chinese, 0.8% Indian, 0.3% Others)
                    Suhaimi bin Salleh (BN)
                    Ghazaley bin Ayiub (PAS)