Gerakan’s outgoing acting president Chang Ko Youn in the keynote address to his party national delegates conference today slammed Perkasa for undermining the relationship between the various races in the country.
Chang should hold up a mirror to his own party. Did 90 percent of them vote for the opposition, like the MCA members?
Again, the tiresome “We’re Malaysian” spiel
I’d like to address Chang’s speech as reported in FMT article ‘We are Malaysians, Gerakan tells Perkasa‘.
Chang was quoted as saying:
“It is most unfortunate that extremists like Perkasa gleefully challenge the non-Bumiputeras to either return to their ancestral lands or migrate to a third country. Let me make it clear, in front of all of you today, that we are all Malaysians and no Malaysian will ever have to leave this country simply because he does not agree with any policy or approach. We are all Malaysians, citizens of this nation, and no one can take that away from us.”
Let me ask Chang — Seriously, in what ways are the Gerakan people “Malaysian”? How many of them have family serving in the armed forces who are prepared to die for the country?
Are the Gerakan supporters as Malaysian as the Dapsters who mock the police and soldiers all the time?
Only Perkasa extremist but DAP not?
FMT also reported Chang as urging the BN “to fight extremism internally” and singling out Perkasa as extremist right wingers.
It hasn’t steeped into Gerakan’s understanding apparently as yet that their party was wiped out in GE13 due to the extremism of the DAP’s politics of hate which Gerakan and MCA did nothing to check.
Chang further urged BN not to punish the 51% of voters who deserted the ruling coalition. And does he have any suggestions as to how BN can reward the 90% of the Chinese voters who wanted Umno dead?
Hanging on by the skin of BN’s teeth
Here’s the interesting bit. We’re told about the Gerakan postmortem on the election results.
Chang Ko Youn revealed that “an indepth analysis of BN’s victory in GE13 shows that BN only won the federal administration with a margin of 44 seats [BN 133 vs Pakatan 89] with a combined majority of 25, 968 votes”.
According to FMT, he said: “Hence, we should not take our victory in GE13 for granted because it was a lot closer than many of us realise because 12,985 Malaysians voting the other way could have changed the results”.
Well, pardon me but a correction is required here.
It was not “OUR victory” as in a BN-Umno-MCA-Gerakan-etc win.
It was predominantly Umno’s victory through the grace of God (as admitted by BN chairman Najib Razak in his Budget speech yesterday) and only because the Malay voters had silently swung back to the establishment. But even with 70 percent Malay backing, Ali Rustam still lost in Bukit Katil.
BN 86, Pakatan 80
So how did BN retain Putrajaya? Mostly due to the Sarawak and Sabah rural votes.
The two states combined contributed 47 of the BN’s total Parliament seats, out of which 14 are Umno Sabah’s.
This means that BN only holds 86 seats in the peninsula.
Pakatan won 9 Bornean seats (Sarawak 6 and Sabah 3) which leaves 80 of the Pakatan seats belonging to the peninsula.
Putting aside the Sabah-and-Sarawak factor, the peninsula Parliament seat count is BN 86, Pakatan 80.
If Pakatan were able to win just 3 more peninsular seats, it would have 83.
These 3 seats taken away from BN would leave the ruling party with 83.
Therefore a mere swing of 3 seats would leave BN and Pakatan tied at 83-83 in the semenanjung. It’s that close.
Gerakan whinging some more
“The component parties have borne the brunt of the urban rejection of BN resulting in significant losses for MCA, MIC, Gerakan, PPP, LDP and SUPP”, Chang the interim Gerakan acting president had said. (Gerakan has just elected Mah Siew Keong as their new party president.)
May I also add that Gerakan and MCA did absolutely nothing — eelek — to fight the DAP.
Not content with rolling over and playing dead so that the DAP can bermaharejalela, MCA division chairmen sabotaged their own party candidates to ensure a DAP win while the MCA media mouthpiece ran a sustained campaign to promote the DAP evangelista candidates.
MCA should be sacked forthwith.
As for Gerakan, there should be terms and conditions attached to the party’s continued stay in the BN. Can Gerakan answer this question first: Who does Gerakan think is its political enemy?
Instead of asking Umno to transform, can Gerakan please tell us how it intends to change the mind of the Chinese and Christian Indian voters?
Does the party have any programme to engage and counter its foe or is it still going to demand a free lunch from the BN?
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Congratulations to Tan Keng Liang for winning the Gerakan Youth post yesterday. He’s got the right BN spirit and lots of spunk.
Flashback: Keng Liang had beaten the DAP’s YB Insya Allah Ong Kian Ming in an online debate previously (see here)