BigCat the First once blogged about her family’s political allegiances, details (headcount) which I found most fascinating. I’ve rendered the info that Aisya provided into chart form (below).
They are a Johorean Malay family.
Among Ai’s siblings, the brothers are ardent Pakatan supporters whereas the sisters are staunch BN supporters. They are neatly split along gender lines.
Could one of the reasons be because women are more level-headed?
For Johor news developments during this election campaign period, I’m reading the following blogs that have got their ears on the ground:
- Life of Annie (because Annie is sensible)
Bonus: BigCat the First is a weekly guest blogger at Annie’s
- BigCat the Second (Tinsel has got her four paws planted on terra firma)
- Chuah Bee Kim (sorry for bringing you to Komtar cybertrooper attention)
The above blogs are Girl Power … like I said, they’re sensible voices. It is such a relief to read sensible opinions!
Please share with us if you wish to recommend other informative Johor bloggers.
DAP candidates in Johor
Those contesting Parliament seats in Johor on the DAP ticket are:
- Labis – S. Ramakrishnan – Selangor DAP exco
- Kluang – Liew Chin Tong – previous seat Bukit Bendera, Penang
- Gelang Patah – Lim Kit Siang – previous seat Ipoh Timur, Perak
- Kulai – Teo Nie Ching – previous seat Serdang, Selangor
- Tanjung Piai – Mahdzir Ibrahim – Roketkini coordinator
- Bakri – Er Teck Hwa – incumbent
Among the six DAP politicians contesting the Parliament seats, only one has been based in Johor the past five years.
Mahdzir Ibrahim, 37, is a Dapsy exco member.
He started working for DAP in early 2011 after a brief stint as a communications officer in the Selangor state government’s youth secretariat. He helped create a media product – i.e. DAP’s Malay language news portal Roketkini – with the hope to change the perception of DAP amongst the Malays. (source: fz.com)
The DAP constitution states that an individual should be a party member for at least two years before he qualifies to be nominated to stand for election.
There is however an exemption clause, i.e. the Adun/MP nominee can bypass this requirement with the express approval of the CEC.
Among those granted a waiver are the evangelistas, Ong Kian Ming @imokman who is standing in the Serdang, Selangor Parliament seat dan Yeo Bee Yin in the Damansara Utama state seat. Both Ong and Yeo only joined DAP in end-August 2012.
In the 8 March 2008 general election, the following successful DAP candidates had not met the two-year requirement of the party constitution as well. In fact, a couple of them had joined DAP only one to two months before GE12.
So now you know why the DAP CEC is filled with Lim Guan Eng’s men. It is so that they can bend the party rules to suit their interests.
Dr Boo Cheng Hau is the DAP Johor chairman but he is not given any Parliament seat to contest. He is however defending his Skudai state seat.
Norman Fernandez and Ahmad Ton are the DAP Johor deputy and vice chairmen respectively but they are not given any Parliament nor state seat to contest.
Below are the DAP candidates for the Johor state seats. So much for the party’s vaunted claim of multi-racialism.
- Tan Chen Choon (Jementah)
- Lim Eng Guan (Bekok)
- Ee Chin Li (Tangkak)
- Chua Wee Beng (Bentayan)
- Chew Peck Choo (Yong Peng)
- Gan Peck Cheng (Penggaram)
- Tan Hong Pin (Mengkibol)
- Shanker a/l Rengganathan (Paloh)
- Liow Cai Tung (Johor Jaya)
- Chen Kah Eng (Stulang)
- Cheo Yee How (Pengkalan Rinting)
- Boo Cheng Hau (Skudai)
- Wong Shu Qi (Senai)
- Yeo Tung Siong (Pekan Nenas)
What the Johor choice of candidates (final selection determined by the Four Heavenly Kings) and the special exemption for new Christian members indicate is that Guan Eng calls the shots.
The pre-tsunami Ye Olde DAP has been emphatically sidelined. The Christians – Charles, Nie Ching, Tony, Hannah and gang – were responsible for reshaping the purported socialist party into its DAP 2.0 religious party format.
Now the evangelistas – Kian Ming, Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran and gang – are moving DAP up the Christian value chain to become version 3.0.
The DAP Christian Syura Council are taking a leaf from Tuan Guru Nik Aziz and Hadi Awang in inspiring edicts like Amanat Hadi.