When I posted my hypothesis that it would be a good tactical move of the DAP to field an Indian candidate in a Chinese-majority area, I had based it on an announcement made by Johor DAP chairman Dr Boo Cheng Hau.
However Dr Boo had said that a fortnight ago. My theory on Labis – following up on Dr Boo’s remarks – sounds like reasonable strategy on paper but that might be as far as it goes. There’s a popular saying “A week can be a lifetime in politics”.
Coup Lim Clan
Things have been moving swiftly in Johor with state DAP vice-chairman Ong Kow Meng leading a revolt of 16 party branches against Dr Boo a couple of days ago. The Chinese media have additionally reported that the rebels wanted Lim Kit Siang to take over the party leadership of the state.
Then came the bombshell that the 72-year-old Lim Sr is to contest Gelang Patah.
Now on the heels of the Lim Clan coup is tossed another grenade which likely makes my calculations (on the Indian vote factor in MCA seats) something purely academic and overtaken by events.
The DAP election campaign manager who is dubbed ‘Superman’ is Hew Kuan Yau.
During the Sarawak state election of 2011, Joceline Tan once reported that tempers in SUPP flared when Hew referred to them as the “orang utan party” at one ceramah after another.
Malaysiakini’s article (screenshot above) reports that Guan Eng has floated the idea of parachuting Hew into Labis.
It may not happen as yet. But nonetheless, these events one piling on top of another – Kit Siang’s migration south and Guan Eng’s hand beginning to show in Johor – lend further credence to the speculation in political circles that the Lims are plotting to oust Dr Boo.
The Dynasty are shipping their right hand men and women over to Johor like how Guan Eng had previously taken over Penang in 2008 from the DAP state chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
And Johor is a rich state what with Nusajaya, the Iskandar development and all. Getting their hands on more resources will make the Lims even more powerful.
And the dinos in Jurassic Park, how?
Quoting the Johor-based BigCat, Rocky blogs today that in Gelang Patah “there has been a 30 per cent increase in Chinese voters since 2008 when BN won it”. An interesting development which we might soon hear more about in Rocky’s news portal The Mole.
Unlike the Malays where Umno is up against PAS-PKR, the Chinese community no longer possesses any internal check-and-balance due to the MCA’s surrender (and its media machinery covertly backing the DAP 2.0).
Should Dr Boo be eliminated, there is little chance of any check-and-balance within the DAP itself either. Dapsterism – led by the likes of Hew Kuan Yau who is handpicked by Lim Guan Eng – will rule the day.
And the irony or ironies is that the DAP faction in Johor aligned to the Lims have labelled Dr Boo “a dictator” who practises cronyism.